Wednesday July 8, 2020

Who benefits from the new anti-eviction legislation?

The laws were introduced in haste on March 27 due to the pandemic, but their scope and effect are very much open to interpretation

14th June, 2020
Legislation was enacted at the beginning of the pandemic to prevent landlords evicting tenants, but it is not entirely clear who the law actually protects

On March 27, the government took the somewhat extraordinary step of enacting legislation to prohibit landlords from evicting their tenants for any reason, including for non-payment of rent.

Clearly, for good reason, the powers that be were anxious to protect those in the rental sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the legislation that was passed is far from perfect for several reasons.

First, and most probably because of the urgency with which it was drafted, the...

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