COVID-19 Practical Considerations: New legislation assists residential tenants but creates uncertainty for commercial property – Lexology

Emergency legislation enacted on 27 March 2020 puts government measures to assist renters on a statutory footing, but a late amendment to the legislation has created uncertainty for landlords and tenants of commercial property.

The Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 (the “Act”) was signed by the President last Friday evening, 27 March 2020. The text of the Bill as passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas is linked here.

The Act, amongst other things, amends the Residential Tenancies Acts to introduce emergency measures to prevent the service of termination notices and rent increases during an emergency period of three months from 27 March 2020, which is subject to extension at the request of the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (the “Emergency Period”).

In the course of Dáil debates on the Act, an amendment was approved to add a new subsection which appears to have

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