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Factsheet for case CZ-2020-18/969 – measures in Czechia

Deferral of rent payments for houses and flats

Odklad plateb nájemného domů a bytů

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 27 April 2020 – 31 July 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
Author Soňa Veverková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) and Eurofound
Case created 13 July 2020 (updated 27 October 2020)

Background information

The Act No. 209/2020 Coll., on certain measures to mitigate the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus epidemic on tenants of premises used to satisfy housing needs, on recipients of loans provided by the State Housing Development Fund and in connection with the provision of services related to the use of flats and non-residential premises in a house with flats, covered all leases or subleases of premises used to meet the housing needs of the tenant or subtenant.

According to the act, during the period of 12 March 2020 until 31 July 2020 the landlord had not to terminate a lease unilaterally, solely on the grounds that the tenant was in arrears with the payment of rent related to the use of the premises used to meet the housing needs.

Content of measure

Eligible were all tenants and subtenants of premises used to satisfy housing needs:

  • who were in delay with rent payments between 12 March 2020 and the day following the end of the emergency measures (but no later than on 31 July 2020);
  • whose delay in payment was a result of restrictions resulting from the emergency measures in the event of an epidemic, which made it impossible or substantially hindered the proper payment of the rent.

Tenants had to prove, that they were in delay with the payment due to the emergency measures (for example due to job-loss), to the Labour Office and to the landlord.

The rent will have to be paid till 31 December 2020. In case the tenant or subtenant fails to pay the rent until 31 December 2020, the landlord may terminate the lease without a termination period.

Use of measure

No information available yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

Social partners, which are members of the tripartite body (Council of economic and social agreement, Rada hospodářské a sociální dohody, RHSD) were informed and consulted in both formal (requested by institutional settings) and informal ways. They are not involved in the management of policy measures.

Views and reactions

Supportive.

Sources

  • 01 April 2020: MMR: Support of tenants/MMR: Podpora nájemníků (www.mmr.cz)
  • 27 April 2020: Act No. 209/2020 Coll., on certain measures to mitigate the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus epidemic on tenants of premises used to satisfy housing needs, on recipients of loans provided by the State Housing Development Fund and in connection with the provision of services related to the use of flats and non-residential premises in a house with flats/Zákon č. 209/2020 Sb., o některých opatřeních ke zmírnění dopadů epidemie koronaviru SARS CoV-2 na nájemce prostor sloužících k uspokojování bytové potřeby, na příjemce úvěru poskytnutého Státním fondem rozvoje bydlení a v souvislosti s poskytováním plnění spojených s užíváním bytů a nebytových prostorů v domě s byty (www.zakonyprolidi.cz)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Deferral of rent payments for houses and flats, case CZ-2020-18/969 (measures in Czechia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.