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To: Oireachtas

Call for a moratorium on rent and mortgages during the Covid 19 emergency

Introduce legislation requiring a moratorium on rent and mortgage interest being incurred during the Covid-19 emergency, along with a payment moratorium on both.

This would apply to both housing and commercial premises.

Why is this important?

Because of restrictions which are required to save lives, during this emergency, many businesses and employees will face unprecedented strain on their finances, with businesses forced to shut and employees suddenly laid off.

The proposed moratorium is aimed at preventing the health emergency becoming a long term economic emergency and adding to the homeless crisis.

The key is that it needs to be not just a moratorium on payment, but a moratorium on the rent and interest being incurred. Otherwise at the end of the moratorium landlords/banks could come looking for, say, 3 months arrears resulting in a spate of people getting evicted and businesses closing down.

It is recognised that this proposal interferes with property rights, but is proportionate to the unprecedented situation and to the restrictions being placed on people and the use of their property, so would be constitutional.

This is an extreme measure, but a necessary one.



2020-03-18 01:46:45 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2020-03-17 19:36:39 +0000

In the UK, they are promising a guarantee for business loans. We cannot do this in Ireland. It is another guarantee for the banking system, not for businesses, employers or employees.

2020-03-16 21:31:53 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2020-03-16 20:58:42 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-03-16 20:20:12 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-03-16 20:02:59 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-03-16 19:54:48 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-03-16 19:38:08 +0000

10 signatures reached