Date of Screening: 20/08/2020
Screening Outcome - Full EQIA recommended: No
The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Act (NI) 2020 (The Act) was enacted on 5 May and imposed on landlords the requirement to provide tenants with a 12 weeks’ Notice To Quit (NTQ) period. This was designed to assist with the public health message that people were to remain in their homes where possible. It was also a protection for private renters who had been economically impacted by the disruption caused by the Coronavirus. It was part of a range of protections for renters.
DFC Minister has decided to utilise this provision to extend the emergency period by 6 months (to 31 March 2021).