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.
Ministers have today made important concessions about how repossession cases in the rental market will be handled from 20th September. It follows extensive lobbying by the National Residential Landlords Association after the Government U-turned on its plan for such cases to be heard again from 23rd August.
The Governments plans to extend the evictions ban could leave private landlords without any rent for up to two years. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the NRLA has said that the Government is asking landlords to subsidise struggling renters and rewarding those who are wilfully refusing to pay their rent.
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.
The Mayor of London is causing needless fear for renters as he wrongly assumes that everyone in arrears due to COVID-19 is at threat of eviction.The NRLA has accused the Mayor of scaremongering when he claims that up to a quarter of tenants are in arrears and under threat of eviction.
OVER 95% of private tenants are paying their rent or have made an arrangement with their landlord to pay less rent or defer payment during the pandemic according to a new survey of tenants out today.
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.
Landlords are calling on the Welsh Government to rethink the decision to extend notice periods for possession to six months.The NRLA has described the decision as draconian and has sent an open letter to the Welsh Minister for Housing & Local Government asking them to reconsider.
Landlords are today welcoming news the Government has accepted its recommendations on how the new Green Homes Grant scheme should work. The NRLA has long campaigned for support for landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their homes which will benefit tenants through lower utility bills.
Landlords who let properties in England, Wales and Scotland can now have joint membership of associations north and south of the border under a new partnership. The NRLA and Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) are partnering to allow landlords with properties in England, Wales and Scotland to pay a small top-up fee to be members of both organisations.