15:11 PM, 17th March 2021, About 7 months ago 6
The Welsh government will extend the current restrictions on evictions, which are due to expire on 31 March, to the end of June 2021 although the restrictions will, as with other coronavirus restrictions, be subject to regular review during that time.
The restrictions will prevent, except in specified circumstances, attendance at a dwelling-house for the purpose of executing a writ or warrant of possession, executing a writ or warrant of restitution, or delivering a notice of eviction.
Regulations to be made separately to extend until the end of June 2021 the application of the requirements set out in Schedule 29 to the Coronavirus Act 2020. This means that landlords will remain under a statutory obligation to provide a six-month notice period to tenants before making a possession claim (except in relation to anti-social behaviour and domestic violence).
The Welsh Government recognises that extending these temporary protections for a further period of time may cause difficulties for some landlords in the private rented sector. However, our overriding priority must be the protection of public health at this time.
Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association said: “The further extension to the repossessions ban will do nothing to help landlords and tenants financially hit due to the pandemic. We are disappointed that exemptions regarding significant rent arrears have not been included. Throughout the pandemic there has been no direct support for landlords in financial distress, and the tenancy saver loans scheme for tenants have had limited uptake due to over-restrictive access criteria, inconsistent local variations and an unnecessary interest charge.
“It seems like the Welsh Government are unwilling to listen to the voices of those most affected. Without changes made, more tenants face losing their homes, and many will carry damaged credit scores, making it more difficult to rent in the future and causing huge pressure on local authorities when they can least manage it.”
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