BREAKING: Wales extends period during which landlords must give six months’ notice to evict

The Welsh government has used its existing emergency Coronavirus powers to extend the period during which landlords ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - BREAKING: Wales extends period during which landlords must give six months’ notice to evict | LandlordZONE.

BREAKING: Wales extends period during which landlords must give six months’ notice to evict

The Welsh government has used its existing emergency Coronavirus powers to extend the period during which landlords must give six months’ notice before beginning evictions proceedings by another three months.

Existing legislation voted in by the Welsh Senedd in March last year was due to expire at the end of this month.

Housing minister Julie James (pictured, above) said in a : “The purpose of this alteration is to ensure that during the on-going public emergency, and in the light of the continued uncertainty caused by the emergence of new virus variants, landlords continue to give increased notice to tenants facing eviction from rented properties before landlords can issue proceedings for possession.

“The effect will to be to delay evictions meaning that: fewer people will face eviction into homelessness at a time when local authorities are less able to respond to these situations.”

Ben Beadle Chief Executive, NRLA (pictured) commented: “This announcement reinforces the urgent need for the Welsh Government to take rapid action to address the mounting rent arrears crisis unfolding across Wales.

“The expansion of long notice periods will only worsen this and prolong uncertainty for all involved.

“Landlords in Wales cannot continue to wait an average of 15 months to regain repossession whilst trying to deal with non-payment and anti-social behaviour making lives miserable.

“The Welsh Government must end the emergency pandemic measures as soon as possible if these businesses are to survive.

“A failure to proactively address the rent will mean devastating long-term consequences for the individuals concerned and their credit scores – and preclude renters from accessing private sector properties for years to come, placing huge strain on local authorities to house people.”

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The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) says its proposed government-guaranteed hardship loan scheme to help pay off ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - LATEST: NRLA reveals latest plan to help tenants and landlords clear rent arrears | LandlordZONE.

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The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) says its proposed government-guaranteed hardship loan scheme to help pay off Covid-related rent arrears in England will prevent evictions and save tenants money.

The government has so far ruled out introducing a similar scheme to those running in Scotland and . But the NRLA believes its plan wouldn’t increase debt for tenants, but would simply transfer the existing debt from the landlord to the loan scheme.

Making it interest-free would reduce the debt compared to borrowing from other lenders who would charge interest.

It suggests that eligibility should be based on whether a household was able to meet a standard affordability assessment before March 2020.

Student style

Repayments would then be made in line with the recovery of the tenant’s income using a similar model to that used for student loan repayments.

The NRLA also believes that there is an urgent need for the courts to speed up the way they handle legitimate possession cases and that in future the process should be ‘digital by default’ unless there are clear reasons why this would not be appropriate.

Its new report on the state of the PRS warns that without financial support to tackle Covid-related rent arrears, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is forcing landlords into a corner; they either have to accept continuing to receive no income or resort to repossessing their property.

Most landlords (60%) feel their rentals business will be negatively affected as a result of the pandemic, with 34% saying their has been impacted.

Chief executive Ben Beadle (left) says: “Landlords want to sustain tenancies wherever possible, but without the support so many desperately need, the Chancellor will need to accept the tragic costs of his failure to act.”

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