Some of you might have found yourself jobless as a result of the pandemic. This crisis has affected those in tourism, hospitality, entertainment and countless other industries, not to mention freelancers who have watched their work dry up overnight.

It is now more important than ever that you have somewhere safe to isolate during Alert Level 4. If you are worried about not paying rent on time and being evicted, certain measures have been put in place to ensure that you are not rendered homeless during a global pandemic.

There’s plenty more information available at Tenancy Services, but here’s the headlines.

As of the 26th March, the following measures will come into effect:

  • a freeze on rent increases
  • a rent-increase notice from a landlord will have no effect on your rent, unless it had taken effect before the outbreak
  • tenancies will not be terminated during lockdown unless all parties agree or there are exceptional circumstances
  • tenants can still terminate tenancies as normal
  • tenants can revoke termination notices if they need to stay in the tenancy during lockdown.

Timeframes

  • the rent freeze applies for an initial period of 6 months
  • protections against terminations will apply for an initial period of 3 months
  • at the end of both initial periods, the Government will evaluate whether both need to be extended.

If you need advice on any of this, Tenancy Services can help. All their contacts are listed here.