Introduced at the start of the pandemic 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 Deirdre Hargey, Communities Minister confirmed they will be extended to 4 May 2022.
Agents and landlords evictions information
The 12-week notice period in relation to all tenancies, which had been due to return to their pre-COVID position after 30 September remains in place. The position for notice periods where the ground for giving notice relates to anti-social behaviour or domestic violence also remains the same, as they have reverted to the pre-COVID position.
It is still highly recommended that agents, landlords, and tenants continue to work together during this period to avoid the need for commencing or pursuing possession proceedings.
Private Tenancies Bill
The Department has also recently introduced a Private Tenancies Bill into the Assembly and intends that the new Bill will deliver a number of protections for private renters including a permanent extension to the Notice to Quit period.
Propertymark is in regular contact with the Department and will confirm further details to members when they are available.