COVID-19 Tenancy Terminations set to expire

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The restrictions on tenancy terminations, introduced as part of the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020, are not being extended beyond 25 June.

This means usual termination rules will reapply from 26 June 2020. Landlords may terminate a tenancy if they have the lawful grounds to do so.

The risk of COVID-19 to public health has passed and the Government has decided it is not necessary or justified to extend the restrictions on tenancy terminations after 25 June 2020.

To cushion the social and economic impact of COVID-19 and to assist renters who are struggling to meet rent payments the Government has progressed a number of initiatives, including: the Wage Subsidy Extension; the temporary income support payment for fulltime and part-time workers; and housing support assistance payments administered by the Ministry of Social Development. Assisting people to keep their tenancies and homes is a priority at this time. That’s why the Government, has also announce some temporary changes to the existing Rent Arrears Assistance Housing Support Product introduced in November 2019.     

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Published: June 18, 2020

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