Why is the Government putting forward a law now?
Because the previous emergency ban on evictions and rent increases was due to end on August 2nd. The new Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien, said those rules could not continue indefinitely.
When do the changes come into effect?
The Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill 2020, debated on Tuesday in the Houses of the Oireachtas, will ensure that existing laws stay in place until August 1st, when they will be replaced.
So it’s really just a continuation of what was there?
No, and what the replacement means depends on who you ask. The new laws effectively spell the end of a blanket ban on evictions and rent hikes. However, the Minister said the measures outlined on Tuesday would protect vulnerable tenants. The Opposition has called it an “attack on renters” with rent hikes and evictions now inevitable.
But I have been financially
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