COVID-19 and Business Leases – a Balancing Act for Landlords and Tenants – Lexology

Ban on Evictions in Commercial Tenancies – the Design Furniture Case

While there has been controversy over the past number of weeks as to whether the temporary ban on evictions applies to commercial tenancies, it seems that the possible impact in the wider context of landlord and tenant relationships is limited.

When passing the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 to address the obvious issues facing residential tenants, the Oireachtas prohibited “all proposed evictions in all tenancies in the State” for an initial period of three months from 27 March 2020. While the non-prescriptive language in the legislation was picked up as being potentially relevant to commercial tenancies at the time, it was considered that the intention of the legislature was to ban the termination of residential tenancies only.

This argument has been raised in the High Court in the past number of weeks, where Design Features

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