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The eviction ban lifted

The eviction ban is to be lifted on the 31st March 2023. What does this mean for tenants and landlords?

Before we discuss what this means for landlords and tenants lets have a look at why it was introduced.

What does the eviction ban mean in Ireland?

In response to the housing crisis and rising cost-of-living in Ireland, legislation was passed through the Oireachtas to put a temporary eviction ban in place from October 28, 2022. However, the ban was lifted on April 1st, as the government survived a no-confidence motion. This Ban deferred the termination date of tenancies originally meant to end between 28 October 2022 and 31 March 2023. The deferment is staggered based on the original termination date.

What does the lifting of the eviction ban mean for tenant?

For tenants in the private rental market and student-specific accommodation, this ban provided relief and deferred the termination date of tenancies originally meant to end between October 28, 2022, and March 31, 2023. The deferment was staggered based on the original termination date.

Now that the ban has been lifted, tenants who received a termination order during the ban period can refer to a chart to see the new termination date based on the duration of their tenancy. If a tenant feels that the termination order is incorrect, they can contact the RTB (Residential Tenancies Board) to have it reviewed and potentially disputed.

How do I appeal an eviction in Ireland?

If you feel your terminantion order is incorrect you should contact the contact the RTB (Residency Tenancy Board). They will go through your termination order and decide if the correct notice was issued. If not then they will raise a dispute on your behalf.

What does the lifting of the eviction ban mean for Landlords?

For landlords, if they are looking to issue a termination order or have already done so, the order will now come back into effect. Landlords must adhere to a notice period based on the duration of tenancy, as failing to do so may invalidate the notice of termination. Landlords are also required by law to send a copy of the notice of termination to the RTB at the same time it is served to the tenant.

How much notice does a landlord need to give a tenant in Ireland?

If you are serving the notice now then you must abide by the table below.

Duration of tenancy notice period        

  • Less than 6 months - 90 days           
  • Not less than 6 months but less than one year - 152 days          
  • Not less than 1 year but less than 7 years – 180 days           
  • Not less than 7 years but less than 8 years   – 196 days           
  • Not less than 8 years   – 224 days      

While landlords’ agents can advise on the required dates and liaise with tenants, landlords need a Statutory Declaration from their solicitor stating the reason for serving the termination order. It is advisable for landlords’ solicitors to issue the notice with the help of their agent to ensure all necessary details are included and to avoid the order being deemed invalid.

Where to get more information about the lifting of the eviction ban?

For further information, tenants and landlords can visit the RTB website. If they have any further questions regarding their tenancy, they can contact the RTB offices for assistance.

Contact the DNG Galvin team if you have any questions and a member of our team will be delighted to assist you.

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