Ban on rent rises and evictions to end in August over legal fears –

The current emergency ban on rent increases and evictions will only be extended for a few weeks and more than likely not beyond August, it has emerged.

The Government plans to introduce new legislation with a suite of measures to protect renters – but plans by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien to extend the ban implemented as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic until October have been blocked by the Attorney General, Paul Gallagher.

O’Brien has been at odds with Gallagher in recent days, with the attorney general arguing that a lengthy extension infringes on constitutional property rights. It is now likely O’Brien will only secure an extension of the ban for up to six weeks and possibly shorter. The main purpose of the short extension will be to allow the Fianna Fail minister time to bring in new legislation aimed at strengthening protections for renters.

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