'It's a perfect storm': Sharp rise in Rent Supplement payments raises concerns over post-Covid crisis – TheJournal.ie

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IRELAND COULD SEE a huge spike in the number of people evicted from rental accommodation when the current ban on tenancy terminations expires, housing groups have warned.

On Saturday, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy indicated that the government would extend a rent freeze and the temporary ban on evictions introduced in March to protect renters during the Covid-19 crisis.

The two bans currently run until the end of June, and a decision on extending them beyond that date is expected be made by Cabinet following the government’s publication of a roadmap for lifting Covid-19 restrictions last week.

But a significant rise in the number of households receiving the Rent Supplement welfare payment in recent weeks has led to concerns that many will become homeless when the eviction ban is lifted.

It is believed that many of those currently on the

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