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New golden rules to sustain tenancies in the rental market have been published ahead of the courts beginning to hear possession cases from Monday.
The rules, drafted by the NRLA, form a central part of measures announced by the Government to ensure courts can start to process possession cases following a six-month ban. If landlords fail to follow the rules, they run the risk of cases being adjourned by the courts for a potentially lengthy period of time, in some cases with no rent being paid.
Landlords in Wales must give tenants six months notice by default of their intension to gain possession in most cases until 31st March 2021, Welsh Housing Minister Julie James announced today. The temporary extension to the notice period had been due to expire at the end of this month. However there are some concessions to the new notice period following extensive NRLA campaigning.
The Scottish Government has today announced it has developed an interest free, hardship loan scheme to support renters to pay-off COVID-related rent arrears. It comes weeks after a similar scheme was announced in Wales.
The evictions ban has been extended until September 20, with new six-month notice periods introduced.
The NRLA is still awaiting official confirmation by the government, but has branded such a move totally unacceptable. It is now calling for a comprehensive package of financial support to help landlords.
Loans to pay off rent arrears built during the coronavirus pandemic will now be available to tenants in Wales following a campaign by the NRLA. The new Tenancy Saver Loans scheme, which will apply to the Private Rented Sector only, will allow tenants to borrow money to cover the arrears they have built, with the cash paid directly to the landlord or agent.
NRLA policy director Chris Norris explains the changes to Civil Procedure rules announced by Government today
Landlords are being reminded they should not have blanket policies that discriminate against benefits claimants. It comes after a judge has ruled "No DSS" blanket policy unlawful, after a mother was rejected by a lettings agency.
Landlords have responded to new research by Shelter on rent arrears due to Covid-19, saying that they will do all they can to sustain tenancies.