New laws governing private tenancies in Northern Ireland will come into effect next month. Sections 1 to 6 of the Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 will come into law from 1 April 2023, requiring private landlords to take certain actions.
Legislation introducing a temporary ban on most evictions of residential tenants over the winter has been passed by the Oireachtas. The Residential Tenancies (Deferment of Termination Dates of Certain Tenancies) Bill 2022, once signed into law by the president, will defer ‘no fault’ tena
Residential landlords will not be able to evict tenants over the coming winter months under plans agreed by ministers today. Housing minister Darragh O'Brien said new legislation would provide a temporary and conditional stay on tenancy terminations this winter, despite earlier suggestions by govern
Business tenants in Northern Ireland are set to lose protection from eviction in March after emergency pandemic measures expire. Finance minister Conor Murphy today urged landlords and tenants in dispute to consider mediation ahead of the measures expiring on 25 March 2022.
Residential landlords in Northern Ireland could be required to give tenants up to six months' notice to leave their home under plans put out to consultation. The Department for Communities is consulting on the notice to quit period while the Private Tenancies Bill 2021 makes its way through the Asse
Nearly three-quarters of all tenancies will see annual rent increases capped at two per cent under draft legislation published by the government yesterday. The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 will tighten the rent increase cap for tenancies in rent pressure zones (RPZs), though i
The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) has been asked to crack down on non-compliance with rent laws after new figures showed average rents have grown by seven per cent year-on-year. The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage said the RTB had been asked by housing minister Darragh O'Bri
Legislation to improve protections for Northern Ireland tenants living in the private rented sector have cleared the second stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Private Tenancies Bill, introduced just before the summer recess, restricts rent increases to once a year and extends the notice to
The High Court has granted an injunction to allow a tenant to remain in occupation of his rented property until the determination of his appeal from a decision of the Residential Tenancies Board. The court held that the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 provided that a landlord could not terminate a Pa
The Private Tenancies Bill was introduced to the Assembly yesterday with aims of improving protections for tenants living in the private rented sector. Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said: "I am putting the needs of tenants at the heart of my approach. Private renters should have access to a go
The government has approved legislation to reform and extend rent pressure zones (RPZs). Key provisions are set to be inserted into the Residential Tenancies (No. 2) Bill 2021, published on 17 June, to reform the rent increase restrictions in RPZs. These reforms will take effect upon the passage of
Students will not have to pay more than two months' rent upfront to commence a tenancy under new legislation announced yesterday. The Residential Tenancies (No. 2) Bill 2021 will introduce the restriction for all tenancies, including for students residing in student-specific accommodation, though st
Legislation protecting private renters in Northern Ireland from eviction have been extended to the end of September 2021. 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 evic
Attorney General Paul Gallagher did not set out his ownership of rental properties in writing before advising the government against an extension of Covid-19 restrictions on bans and rent increases, it has emerged. The government maintains that Mr Gallagher complied with his obligations under the Et
EU member states can regulate Airbnb-style short-term lets to combat long-term rental housing shortages, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled. In a judgment which has only been published in French, the court ruled that French laws requiring landlords to seek authorisation from