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New 'golden rules' to sustain tenancies

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.

Breaking News Sally Walmsley 17/09/2020
New 'golden rules' to sustain tenancies

Breaking: Notice periods extended in Wales but there will be some concessions

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.

Breaking News Victoria Barker 15/09/2020
Breaking: Notice periods extended in Wales but there will be some concessions

England trailing rest of UK in support for renters and landlords

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.

Breaking News Victoria Barker 01/09/2020
England trailing rest of UK in support for renters and landlords

Fury as evictions ban extended and new six month notice rule brought in

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.

Breaking News Sally Walmsley 21/08/2020
Fury as evictions ban extended and new six month notice rule brought in

BREAKING: NRLA victory as Welsh Government brings in tenant loans

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.

Breaking News Sally Walmsley 11/08/2020
BREAKING: NRLA victory as Welsh Government brings in tenant loans

Possessions procedure to change when courts reopen

NRLA policy director Chris Norris explains the changes to Civil Procedure rules announced by Government today

Breaking News Chris Norris 17/07/2020
Possessions procedure to change when courts reopen

Blanket benefit ban ruled unlawful

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.

Breaking News Sally Walmsley 14/07/2020
Blanket benefit ban ruled unlawful

Landlords refute Shelter evictions claims

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.

Breaking News Sally Walmsley 06/07/2020
Landlords refute Shelter evictions claims