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Hargey encourages landlords and tenants to work together

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has encouraged landlords and tenants to work together throughout the Covid-19 emergency and beyond.

The Minister expressed her thanks to the vast majority of landlords who have acted responsibly during this time, but following reports on social media of some landlords issuing threatening letters to tenants, the Minister reminded the sector of the guidance and legislation in place.

Minister Hargey said: “At this time of a public health emergency, it is vitally important that those who live in privately rented homes have the security of a roof over their heads.

“I have put in place legislation to ensure private tenants are protected from eviction during this Covid emergency. This important piece of legislation requires landlords to give 12 weeks’ Notice To Quit to their tenants, thus removing the threat of eviction at a time when people are

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