Factsheet for case IE-2020-13/819 – Updated – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 27 March 2020 – 05 March 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Case created||06 May 2020 (updated 02 February 2021)|
The housing situation had been a longstanding issue of concern for the Irish public. Mainly due to an undersupply of dwellings, house prices and rents are comparatively among the highest in Europe. Rents or mortgage payments are the largest proportion of income people in Ireland spend. The job or income losses due to the pandemic situation has aggravated this crisis, increasing the difficulty many people face with keeping up with mortgage and rent payments. At the same time, the possibility to find new accommodation is reduced in times of the public health policy with social distancing. As part of its package of 'Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020' the Irish government therefore introduced restrictions on evictions and rent freezes for landlords.
The Government Act includes new measures to protect renters, during the emergency period of 3 months.
All types of rentals are included, such as shared accommodation with the landlord, student accommodation and ‘digs’ type accommodation where meals are provided.
Renters shall continue to pay rent and continue to follow any rules as part of their tenancy.
Renters having difficulties to pay their rents should contact their landlords and possibly agree on a reduced amount for the duration of the emergency measures. For those having lost their jobs or part of their employment income, a means tested social welfare, rental support benefit is available.
Not known yet.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Other groups of citizens
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No information available on social partner involvement.
Eurofound (2020), Restrictions on evictions and rent freezes for landlords , case IE-2020-13/819 (measures in Ireland), 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.