Ireland's Covid-19 Emergency Measures: A Property Perspective – Lexology

The Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020 (“the Bill”) has now completed all stages in both Houses of the Oireachtas and has been signed into law by the President. The Bill proposes a number of wide ranging emergency measures in an effort to ease the burdens facing those affected by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and to tackle the far-reaching effects of the virus.  

Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 (“the 2004 Act”)

Ban on Evictions 

The Bill provides that a landlord cannot serve a notice to terminate a residential tenancy during the ’emergency period’.  The emergency period will be the period of 3 months commencing on the enactment date of the legislation.  The Government will be able to extend the emergency period as required in the public interest. If a notice to terminate a residential lease was validly served prior to the emergency period then the termination date will be

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