The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill was introduced into the Assembly 21 April 2020 and passed its final stage yesterday (28 April).
The Northern Ireland Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has thanked Assembly members for swiftly passing legislation to strengthen protection to private renters during the COVID-19 crisis.
This will mean that landlords will be required to give tenants a 12-week notice to quit period, ensuring tenancies are protected throughout this time and will also reduce the movement of people between households, allowing shielding of vulnerable people, self-isolation, and social distancing in line with the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations.
In Northern Ireland, the private rented sector is the fastest-growing type of housing tenure, with around 18 per cent of the total housing stock and approximately 134,000 properties.
It was necessary to introduce measures to help prevent households having to leave their homes. This legislation will protect private
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