Renters in Wales will now be protected from eviction until the end of June, the Welsh government has announced.
The government has legislated to extend six-month notice periods and rules preventing bailiffs from entering homes – both of which were due to end this month.
Welsh Housing minister Julie James issued a statement confirming that landlords will be required to provide renters with six months notice before eviction till 30 June.
There will be exemptions, for example, when an individual is being evicted due to anti-social behaviour or domestic violence.
Last week, James announced an extension to legislation banning bailiffs from executing writs or possession orders, also till the end of June.
Commenting on this latest extension, James said: “The purpose of this alteration is to ensure that during the on-going public emergency, 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; those renting their homes will benefit from increased security and reduced anxiety; and individuals at risk of eviction will be provided with increased time to seek support to resolve any problems.”
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