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On 27 March 2020, the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 (the “Act“) was signed into law. Upon enactment, a number of temporary emergency measures aimed at mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic on residential tenants commenced.
The Act amends the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004-2019 (the “RTA“) in a number of respects. It is worth noting that the preamble to the Act makes it clear that the purpose of these amendments are to deal with a short-term emergency facing the State and its citizens and states that there are compelling reasons in the public interest to take temporary measures to alleviate the impact of the spread of Covid-19.
The emergency period, which commenced on 27 March 2020, will last for the period of 3 months from the enactment of
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