Cork TD calls for longer ban on evictions 

Cork TD calls for longer ban on evictions 

A tenant who had received a notice to quit for July will now not have to leave the property until October.

The clock will be stopped on notices to quit for tenants under new legislation coming before the Dáil today, according to Cork North Central TD Mick Barry.

The Solidarity TD explained that a tenant who had received a notice to quit for July will now not have to leave the property until October.

From the day the President signs the legislation into law, there will be a 90 day freeze on evictions. 

Once the three months are up, the clock will start ticking again unless the legislation is renewed, Deputy Barry explained.

However, the Solidarity TD has called for the moratorium on evictions to last for a longer period of time, and has submitted an amendment to the proposed new legislation which would extend the ban.

“The Government’s new emergency powers last for nearly eight months but the ban on evictions only lasts for three months,” Deputy Barry said.

“I would like to ban evictions for good but I have submitted an amendment to the legislation which would extend the ban from three months to twelve months and which would only allow the ban to eventually be overturned by a vote of the Dáil." 

The amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, which is before the Dáil today, will also prevent any rent increases for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.

The legislative provisions include a definition of an initial three months emergency period complemented by an order-making power to enable this period to be extended.

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