No ban on evicting private tenants but courts confirm enforcement is on hold – The Irish News

COMMUNITIES Minister Deirdre Hargey has stopped short of announcing a temporary ban on private landlords evicting tenants during the coronavirus crisis.

But the impact of Covid-19 on the north’s courts system is expected to put an effective hold on evictions.

On Thursday, new measures came into force in England and Wales stopping landlords from initiating any legal proceedings to evict tenants for three months.

All housing possession action in England and Wales was also suspended for 90 days from Friday. The UK Government said it will consider extending both periods.

The Irish Government announced two weeks ago that it intends to bring forward legislation banning evictions within the private rented sector and freezing rents during the coronavirus crisis.

With no bailiffs in Northern Ireland, evictions are operated through the Enforcement of Judgements Office (EJO).

The process normally begins by landlords issuing a notice to quit if a tenant defaults on

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