As it happened: Coronavirus in NI on 19 August – BBC News

A ban on evictions in Northern Ireland, which was introduced in April as part of emergency legislation to protect those hit financially by the pandemic, has been extended.

The legislation, which requires landlords to give tenants a 12-week notice to quit period before seeking a court order, was due to expire at the end of September.

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced it will now be in place until 31 March 2021.

Ms Ní Chuilín said the move is a necessity, given the possibility of a second wave of Covid-19 and the winding down of economic supports like the furlough scheme.

“This is emergency legislation and will not be in place for any longer than is necessary, but I am committed to protecting our citizens at this time and having a safe place to call home is so central to personal and public health,” she

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