New Protections for Residential Tenants Impacted by COVID-19 – Lexology

What Period does the Act apply to?

The measures introduced by the Act will apply for the period from 1 August 2020 to 10 January 2021 (Emergency Period).

How can a Tenant Financially Disadvantaged by COVID-19 apply for Protection under the Act?

A tenant may benefit from protections against tenancy terminations and rent increases during the Emergency Period by providing a declaration to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), copying their landlord, declaring that they are unable to pay their rent because, due to COVID-19, they are or were at some time during the Emergency Period:

incapable of work and their employer was not obliged to pay them; or in receipt of public monies to alleviate financial hardship;

and as a consequence of which, there is a significant risk that the tenancy will be terminated.

A tenant who makes a declaration that is false or misleading shall be guilty of an

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