Coronavirus: evictions and terminating rental contracts suspended in Portugal

The suspension of the foreclosure of mortgages was also approved at the initiative of the PCP.

Photo by Louis Paulin on Unsplash
Photo by Louis Paulin on Unsplash
2 April 2020, Redaction

The Portuguese parliament has adopted several temporary exceptional measures in the housing field due to the coronavirus outbreak, including the suspension of evictions, the termination of house rental contracts and the foreclosure of mortgages. The proposals were submitted by the BE (Left Bloc) and the PCP (Portuguese Communist Party).

The suspension of evictions in Portugal, special eviction procedures and the processes of handing over leased properties apply in the case that "the tenant, as a result of a final judicial decision, may be placed in a situation of fragility due to a lack of housing" - the measure passed with the vote in favour from all sides, with the exception of CDS-PP (CDS - People's Party) and Chega.

In the case of the PCP, the suspension of the "termination of residential and non-residential leases made by the landlord" and of the "foreclosure of a mortgage on a property that constitutes the landlord's permanent residence" were approved, according to the Portuguese radio station TSF. This measure had abstentions once again from the CDS and Iniciativa Liberal, with the remainder of the votes in favour of these measures to help citizens overcome this COVID-19 crisis. 

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