East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed guidance recently issued by the Department for Communities for private landlords and tenants during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The guidance covers issues such as difficulty paying rent, carrying out emergency repairs, and information on minimising moves within rented accommodation and eviction proceedings.
Mr Dickson commented: “The huge economic impact of Covid-19 has been felt by many in the private rented sector across Northern Ireland. For a considerable time, many private tenants, as well as landlords, found themselves unsure how to respond to challenges brought by the Covid-19 Pandemic, as a lot of the information and support was based around mortgages. However, this new information will help to guide a way forward for many, and I welcome the Communities Minister’s introduction that states that “Officials continue to work on urgent legislation to provide additional protections for private rented tenants from eviction during the Covid-19 outbreak”.
“Ultimately, those who can, must stay home to stay safe, and therefore it is vital that people have access to secure and safe housing and I hope this guidance will help ensure that.”
The guidance can be accessed here.