Controversial housing legislation that one Green Party TD voted against and a Green Minister of State abstained on has been passed by the Seanad by 29 votes to 11.
The President is expected to consider and sign the legislation which is due to come into effect on Saturday August 1st.
A key part of the Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill extends a ban on evictions until January for those unable to pay their rent because of the Covid-19 pandemic so long as they make a “self-declaration” to the Residential Tenancies Board.
For all other tenants in rental accommodation the Covid-19 ban on evictions and rent freezes ends and normal rules apply once more.
The only exception are tenants who received a notice to quit during the pandemic. They now have until August 9th to quit their accommodation.
The legislation aims to assist tenants in arrears and those on a Covid-19
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