Transitional and emergency housing is exempt from the Act
From 12 August 2020, transitional and emergency housing will be exempt from the Residential Tenancies Act (the Act) where the housing is:
- funded (wholly or partly) by a government department, or
- provided under the Special Needs Grants Programme(external link).
This exemption is applicable for all people (new and existing clients) in transitional and emergency housing that meets the criteria above.
Providers of transitional and emergency housing will still be able to opt in to parts of the Act if they wish, by agreeing in writing with the client which parts will apply.
A Code of Practice is being developed to set out expectations for transitional housing.
Rent can only be increased every 12 months
From 12 August 2020, rent increases are limited to once every 12 months. This is a change from once every 180 days (six months). Our rent increases webpage has more information on how this rule will apply.
Any rent increase notices given to tenants from 12 August 2020 must comply with the new 12-month rule. If a notice was given before 12 August 2020, it is still within the 180-day rule.