Belfast student renters threatened with legal action – Belfast Live

Students who have fallen behind in their rent because of Covid-19 are being threatened with  legal action.

The notice from a major Belfast letting agent warns tenants they have a week to pay up – or face upwards of £300 in legal costs, plus interest.

Stormont has put a stay on evictions but doesn’t have the power to force landlords to release people from their lease early if they have moved out due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Northern Ireland Student Renters’ Group (SRG) said many were trapped in contracts, paying full rent for empty homes they couldn’t afford after losing their jobs.

The agent who sent out the final notice declined to comment.

SRG lead organiser Ciaran O’Brien said many were flouting government advice, which urges them to work with renters and consider “individual circumstances.”

Mr O’Brien said: “Many [landlords]

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