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Factsheet for case PT-2020-11/568 – measures in Portugal

Suspension of evictions and of the expiration of lease contracts

Suspensão das ações de despejo e da caducidade dos contratos de arrendamento

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 12 March 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
Author Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound
Case created 13 April 2020 (updated 04 May 2020)

Background information

The Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April 2020 provides for the suspension of evictions and of the expiration of lease contracts for residential and non-residential purposes.

This law makes the first amendment of Law 1-A/2020 of 19 March and the second amendment of Decree-law 10-A/2020 of 13 March, which establish exceptional and temporary measures with regards to the epidemiological situation of the new Coronavirus - COVID 19.

Content of measure

Evictions are exceptionally and temporarily suspended until the end of the exceptional situation of prevention, contention, mitigation and treatment of the epidemiological infection by SARS-CoV-2 and of the illness COVID-19. This supension applies when the tenant may enter a frailty situation due to lack of own housing or due to other overriding social reason.

The expiration of lease contracts notably for residential purposes (but also for non-residential purposes) are exceptionally and temporarily suspended until the end of the exceptional situation of prevention, contention, mitigation and treatment of the epidemiological infection by SARS-CoV-2 and of the illness COVID-19, as determined by the public health authority, and up to 60 days upon the cessation of such measures. The production of effects of withdrawal and opposition to the renewal of lease contracts for residential (and non-residential) purposes by the landlord.

These measures are in force since 7 April 2020 but apply retroactively since 12 March 2020.

Use of measure

Not available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Other groups of workers
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

N/A

Views and reactions

Not available.

Sources

  • 06 April 2020: Lei n.º 4-A/2020 - Diário da República n.º 68/2020, 3º Suplemento, Série I de 2020-04-06 (data.dre.pt)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Suspension of evictions and of the expiration of lease contracts, case PT-2020-11/568 (measures in Portugal), 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.