The private tenants group Threshold has asked the Government to reconsider the lifting of the ban on evictions.

Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien has confirmed a 'blanket ban' will be lifted but those financially affected by Covid-19 will still be protected.

The eviction moratorium ends in ten days' time following a grace period after the ending of the 5 kilometre travel restriction.

Minister O'Brien said those affected by the pandemic are still protected from eviction or rent increases until July at least.

He also said there are emergency rental supplements available to anyone in danger of becoming homeless.

However, Threshold said that now is not the time to end the moratorium as the country is still in a health emergency with a large number of restrictions still in place.

CEO John Mark McCafferty said most tenants will not be protected from a whole range of eviction scenarios.

The continuing supports apply only to those financially affected by Covid and those registered with the Residential Tenancies Board.

Mr McCafferty pointed out that there are 467 households in Dublin facing eviction but only 653 rental properties available on for under €1,500 a month.

Joe Doyle of the Residential Landlords Association said more properties will become available as restrictions end.

But, he said, what is needed is making the rental sector attractive to investors and landlords.

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