New law labelled ‘attack on renters’ as Minister insists it will help tenants – The Irish Times

A ban on evictions until January will cover people unable to pay their rent because of the Covid-19 pandemic if they make a declaration to the Residential Tenancies Board, according to Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien.

Introducing new rental legislation in the Dáil, he said it would help tenants in arrears and those on a Covid-19 welfare payment, on housing assistance payment or who have lost their job because of the crisis caused by the virus.

The legislation, which passed its second stage vote by 75 to 55, also bans rent increases for tenants receiving the pandemic unemployment payment, or the temporary wage subsidy scheme.

All other tenancies revert to the pre-Covid rules from August 1st, except for renters whose notice of termination expired during the pandemic. They have been given an extra nine days until August 10th to vacate.

Ninety days eviction notice, not 28 as now, will have

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