By way of update, the Government has agreed to place a ban on terminations.
A Bill is currently being drafted to modify the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to prevent any notices of termination served by landlords from taking effect during the period of level five restrictions.
Our understanding is, this Bill, will not permit any terminations, except in exceptional circumstances such as anti-social behaviour and if a dwelling or home was being used for other reasons without the consent of the landlord.
It is anticipated that anytime the Government decides to implement 5km travel restrictions in the future the freeze on terminations will automatically come into place. It is understood the ban will be in place for the six week period in line with the level five restrictions. Tenants may also be given a further ten days where they cannot be terminated following the lifting of restrictions.
It is expected that the bill will be signed into law this week – we will keep you updated.
We have been in touch with the Department of Housing seeking clarification on showing and letting empty properties during Level 5 restrictions – this is under consideration within the Department, we have been advised that limited property services will be permitted. We will update members once we have further guidance.