Some students, like many other people in Ireland, have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. A number of legislative measures to support tenants during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic have been passed by the Government of Ireland. These measures include a blanket ban on tenancy terminations and rent increases.
If you are experiencing difficulties paying rent here are some steps you can take.
Understand the protections put in place by the Government of Ireland
The Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020 was signed into law on 27 March 2020. The emergency legislation applies to all tenancies which fall under the Residential Tenancies Act, this includes Approved Housing Bodies, Student Specific and Private Rented Accommodation. The emergency legislation also applies to Rent-a-Room and Digs-style accommodation. The emergency legislation takes effect from 27 March 2020 for a period of three months and can be extended by Government Order, if necessary. Click here for information about how the emergency legislation applies to you.
Contact your landlord to discuss rent payments
Contact your landlord or their agent to let them know that you have lost your job as a result of COVID-19. Discuss if a temporary solution can be found, such as reduced rent payments.
If you cannot agree on a solution with your landlord
Contact the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) if you cannot agree on a solution with your landlord. The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), operates Ireland’s National Tenancy Register and can help resolve disputes between Landlords, tenants and third parties. Click here to find out more about the RTB and the services it provides.