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19 August, 2020 Open access

Communities Minister announces that legislation protecting renters in Northern Ireland from eviction is to be extended to 31 March 2021

Emergency legislation extended to prepare for possible coronavirus second wave and in light of economic support being phased out in autumn 2020

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced that legislation protecting renters in Northern Ireland from eviction during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is to be extended to 31 March 2021.

Highlighting that the Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Act (Northern Ireland) 2020 requires landlords to give tenants a 12-week notice to quit period before seeking a court order to begin proceedings to evict, the Minister said today -

'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 such as the furlough scheme wind down in the autumn, I have decided it is necessary to extend the emergency period.

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.'

For more information, see Minister Ní Chuilín announces extension of legislation to protect renters from ni.gov.uk