Coronavirus: Guidance for private rented sector landlords and tenants

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Guidance document sets out advice and information for landlords and tenants in the private rented sector on issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak

The Department for Communities (DfC) has produced guidance that covers key issues that landlords and tenants might experience as an effect of the coronavirus. The document includes guidance on:

  • What to do if your tenant is struggling to pay rent and falls into arrears
  • What landlords can do about mortgage repayments
  • Should landlords stop charging rent during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Property access and health and safety obligations
  • Advice on carrying out emergency repairs
  • Landlord obligations to provide regular gas safety inspections
  • What about catching the coronavirus
  • Minimising moves within rented accommodation
  • Eviction proceedings
  • Links to further detailed information and sources of advice and assistance from the Housing Executive, Housing Rights and the Public Health Agency
  • Additional sources of finance – including help with housing costs and how to access assistance with mortgage holidays

DfC will keep this guidance under review and updated as matters develop.

Access the COVID-19 Guidance for Private Rented Sector Landlords and Tenants.

First published 16 April 2020