Protecting Tenants from Eviction
Today, Julie James, Minister of Housing and Local Government released a written statement that highlights the delays on when landlords can evict a tenant. From the 29th September, 2020, there will be a temporary increase in the notice that must be given to all tenants in Wales
So, what does this mean for you?
You should continue to pay your landlord rent as usual. If you are having difficulties keeping up with your payments and you are in social housing, you can contact your landlord or speak to Shelter Cymru advice line on 08000 495 495. If you are renting privately, you can contact citizens advice who have developed a specific line for private tenants who are in rent arrears, and potentially facing eviction. You can call them on 0300 330 21 77
If you receive an notice seeking possession on or after 29th September, you will be entitled to 6 months’ notice whether you are a housing association tenant, council tenant or a private tenant, except for where the reason for the notice is for anti-social behaviour or domestic violence. In those cases, the notice period will revert to pre pandemic levels. These changes will remain in place until 31st March 2021.
If you received a notice before 29th September, different rules apply and you should speak to Shelter Cymru or Citizens Advice for support.