The Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020: New protections for tenants amid pandemic – Lexology

As part of the Irish Government’s ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, further measures have been introduced to protect residential tenants, particularly those now vulnerable as a result of a change to their employment circumstances due to the pandemic

The Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 (the “2020 Act”) became law on the 1st of August 2020. The Act seeks to recognise the impact that the rise in unemployment and reduced working hours has had on the rental sector, and the challenges that this presents for tenants in meeting their obligation to pay rent.

The Act replaces the emergency measures included in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 (the “Emergency Measures Act”). The Emergency Measures Act banned all rent increases and evictions during the Covid-19 emergency period, up to the 1st of August 2020. The new 2020 Act protections for tenants will remain in place up until 10 January 2021.

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