Welsh Eviction Ban extended to end of June

Welsh Eviction Ban extended to end of June

15:11 PM, 17th March 2021, About 7 months ago 6

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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.”



Comments

by Luke P

16:25 PM, 17th March 2021, About 7 months ago

Ben Beadle and the NRLA have been bloody rubbish at fighting landlords corners, particularly during this pandemic.

by Mike D

7:34 AM, 18th March 2021, About 7 months ago

Only way is to take things into your own hands, you can't rely on common sense, were being crushed under authoritarian left wing Socialists....

I paid a tenant to leave, saved me an additional £3,500 loss, after already taking a hit for £12k.
The authorities have lost it, common sense isn't common, weak liberalism has taken over, where compassion bankrupts people.

by Alexandra

13:42 PM, 18th March 2021, About 7 months ago

I have just seen an article in Houseladder reporting that "An appeal was made from a social housing organisation working with Bridgend Council (Yes Wales!) to private landlords, asking them to lease their properties for emergency housing to boost its shortage of accommodation"

You couldn't make it up!!!!

Does it not occur to the authorities that if they want the help and cooperation of the PRS they might be going the wrong way about it?

http://news.houseladder.co.uk/news/landlords-urged-to-accept-more-tenants-on-benefits-to-ease-housing-shortage/

by Steve Dow

7:22 AM, 19th March 2021, About 7 months ago

This probably just comes down to the fact there isn't enough social housing. They can't let private landlords evict tenants no matter what the reason. As they have nowhere to put them or can not afford the costs of temporary accommodation. Add to that I very much doubt they care about the plight of the landlord.

by Bill

10:18 AM, 20th March 2021, About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Alexandra at 18/03/2021 - 13:42
Rent Smart Wales also sent me an appeal asking if I would have property available to rent to local councils, to help with their homeless problem. In this instance it was Conwy and neighbouring councils.

by Dr Rosalind Beck

14:41 PM, 20th March 2021, About 7 months ago

Matt Hancock has warned the EU of the severe consequences of breaking contract law, in relation to the vaccine orders the UK has with private companies in the EU.
This is sheer hypocrisy from the Government as it has interfered with private landlords' contracts with tenants for the last year, forcing landlords to house non-paying tenants for far longer than contracts specify. Surely there should have been a legal challenge of this.


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