The Welsh Government announced yesterday that they are extending the eviction ban for residential tenancies in Wales until the end of September and the Commercial eviction ban (England and Wales) has been extended further until March 2022.
Emergency Coronavirus powers have been invoked by the Welsh Government to extend the eviction ban until 30th September. Previously the ban was due to come to an end on 30th June. However, due to the growing concern and the rise in infections from the Delta variant, it has been decided that the eviction ban will stay in place for longer.
Therefore, it remains a current legal requirement for landlords to provide six months’ notice in order to evict a tenant and gain possession of their property.
The tenancy saver loan scheme, which you can read more about here, is to remain available to tenants in Wales to help pay their rent during this time.
An extension of the eviction ban has also been brought in for commercial tenancies in both England and Wales. Similar to the Welsh eviction ban, this was due to come to an end of 30th June, however, the ban has now been extended for a further 9 months and will now end 25th March 2022.
The government has also said it will be looking to introduce an arbitration to protect tenants and landlords who haven’t been able to reach an agreement on repayment programs. This is a contributing factor as to why the extension has been put in place, as it will allow the government time to introduce legislation into binding arbitration.
The eviction ban also remains in place as commercial affected sectors, such as hospitality and travel still have imposed restrictions.
It is important that if you are a tenant in financial difficulty with either a residential or commercial property that you contact your landlord or managing agent to work on a payment plan.
If you are a residential or commercial landlord and looking for a managing agent who can work with you and your tenants on payment plans, please contact us.