COVID-19 guidance for social housing landlords and tenants

Date published: 17 June 2020

Last updated: 09 September 2021

The Department produced a guidance document to support tenants and landlords in the social housing rented sector during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The guidance includes what to do if you/your tenant is struggling with paying rent, health and safety advice for both tenants and workers when carrying out emergency repairs, and the latest information on house moves and eviction proceedings.


The guidance includes links to further detailed information and sources of advice and assistance including from the Housing Executive, Housing Associations and the Public Health Agency.  The advice also contains information around available benefits; how to manage money and repay debts (via as well as information for employers and employees (via

The guidance will be kept under review and updated as matters develop.

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