Homeless Connect has made a submission to the Department for Communities consultation on on the length of Notice to Quit (NTQ) periods that landlords and tenants give in the Private Rented Sector.
Our submission argues that the length of the NTQ period required for landlords to give to tenants should be extended to twelve weeks for all tenancies. Under the law as it currently stands, the NTQ period is only four weeks for tenancies up to five years in duration. The Private Tenancies Bill which is going through the Assembly currently proposes to maintain the four week period for tenancies up to a year in length, while extending the NTQ period to eight weeks for tenancies lasting between one and eight years. The Department is consulting on whether further changes should be made to the proposals in this area.
We believe the Department should go further than the proposals currently set out in the Private Tenancies Bill. A longer NTQ period would be beneficial to tenants at risk of homelessness, as it would give them more time to find alternative accommodation once they receive an NTQ from a landlord. In practice, four weeks is a truly short time for a household to identify accommodation and can cause considerable anxiety and stress for those who find themselves in that position.
You can read our full response to the consultation here.