COVID-19: The impact of COVID-19 on residential landlords in Northern Ireland – Lexology

The restrictions on the movement of people that were implemented by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 have resulted in challenges for landlords of private residential properties.

The regulations impose major restrictions around when people may leave their homes and accordingly these regulations will give rise to issues faced by landlords in complying with their obligations under the Private Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (PTO).

The PTO places upon landlords of private residential properties, duties of repair with regards to their properties. In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions, what repairs are landlords required to carry out and what steps should be taken when carrying out such repairs?

Essential repairs

The PTO imposes upon landlords an obligation to carry out certain essential repairs, these include repairs to the following:

The structure and exterior of the property comprised in the tenancy Installations in the property for the supply

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