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.
1. 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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