Legislation to protect renters to be extended
Legislation to protect private renters in Northern Ireland from eviction during the COVID-19 crisis will be extended to 31 March 2021.
The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Act requires landlords to give tenants a 12-week notice to quit period before seeking a court order to begin proceedings to evict and therefore reduce the possibility of tenants in the private rented sector becoming homeless.
The legislation was due to expire at the end of September but Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has extended to protection until next spring.
Ms Ní Chuilín said: “The Act was put in place in April to protect tenants from eviction and originally was set to last until the end of September 2020. Having reviewed this, and given the need to prepare for a possible second wave of the virus, and as the various additional economic supports
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