Residential Tenancies Act 2021


Number 5 of 2021



1. Amendment of Planning and Development, and Residential Tenancies, Act 2020

2. Amendment of Residential Tenancies Act 2020

3. Short title and collective citation

Acts Referred to

Planning and Development, and Residential Tenancies, Act 2020 (No. 27)

Residential Tenancies Act 2020 (No. 17)

Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 to 2020


Number 5 of 2021


An Act to extend the emergency period specified in the Planning and Development, and Residential Tenancies, Act 2020 ; for that purpose to amend that Act and the Residential Tenancies Act 2020 ; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

[30th March , 2021]

WHEREAS the disease known as Covid-19 continues to present a serious risk to public health, and the transmission thereof has proven difficult to prevent, and it continues to be necessary for the State to adopt extraordinary measures and safeguards aimed at containing that disease and preventing, minimising and reducing the risk of infection of persons with the disease;

WHEREAS the rise in unemployment among persons who reside in residential tenancy accommodation has had an adverse impact on the ability of such persons to meet their obligations to pay rent due, thereby presenting an imminent risk that a significant number of residential tenancies will be terminated by landlords;

WHEREAS any significant increase in terminations of residential tenancy accommodation by landlords increases the likelihood that the former occupants of such accommodation would have great difficulty securing alternative accommodation, which could cause acute aggravation of difficulties in the residential accommodation sector including difficulties relating to overcrowding, thereby presenting a substantial risk of spread of that disease with a consequent need for measures to counter its spread that would likely have further adverse economic consequences for the State;

WHEREAS the crisis occasioned by the spread of the said disease is causing and will continue to cause significant harm to the economy of the State and has, thus far, resulted in a substantial increase in the number of persons who have become unemployed;

WHEREAS the State has already taken significant measures to deal with the aforementioned crisis including measures to support the economy that have required and continue to require substantial disbursement and expenditure of public moneys;

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows: