10:08 AM, 13th August 2020, About A year ago 15
Responding to a question yesterday from Patrick Harvie, MSP and Scottish Greens’ co-leader, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed tenants should not be evicted for falling into arrears due to financial difficulties caused by Covid-19 and that the ban on evictions should be extended to March 2021.
The First Minister said: “The emergency legislation which we passed through this parliament in effect halted eviction action for up to six months, so he talks about applications, but no people can be evicted.
“That emergency legislation is currently in place until September 30 and yesterday we confirmed, subject to the agreement of parliament, that it will be extended to March 2021 which I think underlines the continuing commitment of the government to do everything we can to protect tenants and also prevent people becoming homeless as a result of this pandemic.”
“We continue to work with tenant and landlord stakeholder groups to ensure that those issues are properly explored. Our clear intention is to ensure that nobody is evicted as a result of the crisis that we are living through.”
The First Minister indicated that if the Greens support the SNP plan then it would go through parliament and no-one would be evicted over the winter.
The Extension will still need to go through the Scottish Parliament, but the early announcement may suggest this is going to be a formality and has unsurprisingly been wholeheartedly welcomed by Shelter who said: “Today’s decision is a big win for tenants and for Shelter Scotland’s campaign. We want to thank our supporters who emailed their MSPs to demand action, and key organisations across Scotland who pushed for this outcome.”
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