It is not a criminal act for people who are served with eviction notices to remain in-situ, one TD has said.
People Before Profit TD Mick Barry earlier urged anyone facing homelessness after the eviction ban is lifted to refuse to leave their home.
He said renters facing homelessness should 'stand your ground and refuse to go.'
He went on to advise renters that it is "better to break the law than to break the poor".
Explaining his position on The Hard Shoulder, Deputy Barry said this is an appropriate stance to take.
"It's appropriate for someone who legislates to encourage people not to make themselves homeless," he said.
"I'm not saying in every case that someone who receives an eviction order should overhold.
"If you receive an eviction notice - and particularly if you've got a family and kids - and your only alternative is homelessness and emergency homeless accommodation, yes I would encourage people to overhold.
"It's not a criminal act to do that - it's a dispute between you and your landlord.
"It'll go to the Residential Tenancies Board, and it will take some time," he added.