Social landlords in Northern Ireland have agreed to extend their commitment not to evict tenants who have fallen into rent arrears as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deirdre Hargey, the region’s communities minister, wrote to housing associations and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) asking them to extend the agreement until 4 May 2022.
A voluntary agreement between the Department for Communities, the NIHE and housing associations was reached at the start of the crisis in March 2020.
It means that tenants who have been affected financially by the pandemic will not face eviction over rent arrears.
In August, protections for private tenants in the form of longer minimum notice periods were also extended to