Landlord evictions clarified under Covid restrictions

The Government has passed legislation restricting tenancy terminations when people are required to stay at home because of Covid-19 health measures.

Wednesday, November 3rd 2021, 6:11AM 1 Comment

The new legislation will give landlords and tenants clarity and will help support tenants to comply with public health guidance.

These restrictions do not currently apply.

The restrictions on tenancy terminations will be able to be switched on and off by Ministerial Order (a Covid-19 tenancies order) in response to public health measures which generally restrict people from moving house (for example, alert level 4 restrictions).

Rules if the termination restrictions are activated

If the minister wants to lift restrictions they must give seven days’ notice that they are going to lift the restrictions, so that tenants have time to make the necessary arrangements to move properties.

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Comments from our readers

On 2 November 2021 at 11:32 pm Peter Lewis said:
The headline is, of course, misleading.
Landlords cannot and never have been able to evict a tenant. All they can do is to terminate the tenancy.
If the tenant then refuses to leave then the landlord has to apply to the District Court for a Court Order.
Only the Court can grant an eviction warrant.

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