08:22 Wednesday, 09 June 2021
The bill also limits how much landlords can charge for deposits.
Cabinet ministers will consider a number of housing proposals this morning.
A rent protection bill will ban landlords asking for more than a deposit and a maximum of two months’ rent in advance when taking on tenants.
It will also give students the option to pay for campus accommodation in monthly installments rather than lump sums.
The bill will extend the emergency ban on evictions and rent increases for people experiencing Covid related difficulties.
Despite this progress Focus Ireland has warned that these are the last monthly figures covered by the full Covid-19 related eviction ban and the charity is deeply concerned that the underlying problems in the housing market will re-emerge quickly now that the ban is lifted.
— FocusIreland (@FocusIreland) April 30, 2021
Source: Twitter (@FocusIreland)
The protections are being extended until December for those who make a declaration that they are financially hit by Covid or in arrears as a result of virus-related problems.
A separate bill will allow City and County Councils to extend the life of their existing development plans or granted planning permissions by 12 months.