The Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 which is now law introduced new protections for those tenants who are facing rent arrears and, as a result, are at risk of losing their tenancy.
If a tenants ability to pay rent has been impacted by Covid-19 and the tenant meets specific criteria, new procedures and protections apply.
Tenants who follow these procedures:
- cannot be made to leave their rental accommodation before 10th January 2021, and
- it is prohibited for them to pay any increases in rent until after 10th January 2021.
The new act has introduced new documents and procedures which landlords and tenants must follow.
Full details can be found on the RTB web-site link below
The Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 expired on 1st August 2020. This legislation set out an emergency period effective from the 27th March until 1st August 2020, which banned;
- all rent increases, and
- tenancy terminations, with limited exceptions.
These protections ended on 1st August, which means that for most tenancies, the usual rules and protections apply again from the 2nd August 2020.