29 April 2020
New legislation has been introduced to extend the notice to quit period a landlord must give a tenant to 12 weeks
The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill 2020 aims to provide private renters with additional protections during COVID-19.
The new legislation will mean that landlords will be required to give tenants a 12-week notice to quit period. The Bill was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday 28 April 2020.
Previously, the notice to quit period depended on how long the tenant has lived in the property:
- if the tenant has been in the property for less than 5 years you must give at least 4 weeks’ notice
- if the tenant has lived in the property for more than 5 years but less than 10 you must give at least 8 weeks’ notice
- if the tenant has lived in the property for over 10 years, you must give 12 weeks’ notice
In the meantime, landlords should not proceed with notices to quit during this time, given the associated risks to public health.
First published 17 April 2020