COVID-19: Government announces ban on evictions and rent rises – Newstalk

The Government has announced moratoriums on evictions and rent increases for the duration of the coronavirus emergency.

The Department of Housing says this is to ensure people can stay in their homes during this period

The notice period for tenancies of less than six months is also being increased from 28 to 90 days.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy plans to publish legislation next week to amend the Residential Tenancies Act to give effect to these changes.

While tenants will be expected to pay rent during this period, income supports and rent supplement is available to those struggling.

These supports are provided by the Department of Social Protection.

The Department of Housing adds that any rent arrears built up will be payable – but landlords have been asked to “show forbearance and reach local arrangements” in such circumstances.

Minister Eoghan Murphy speaking to the media at Government Buildings in Dublin.

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