Measures to provide tenants in Wales with protection from eviction during the pandemic have been extended by the Welsh Government.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CVA 2020) includes a range of powers to enable Welsh Ministers to manage the challenges presented by the pandemic, one of which was to increase the period of notice that landlords must give tenants before a possession claim is made in court to six months.
The CVA 2020 came into force on 26 March 2020 with the original end date for the extended notice period for residential tenancies set at 30 September 2020. However, there have since been a number of extensions to 31 March 2021, 30 June 2021 and 30 September 2021. Last week’s decision further extends the measure to 31 December 2021.
Landlords who have granted tenancies under the Rent Act 1977 and the Housing Acts 1985, 1988 and 1996 will all be affected by this extension, which specifically relates to protected tenancies, statutory tenancies, introductory tenancies, secure tenancies, assured tenancies, assured shorthold tenancies, and demoted tenancies, except where those notices relate to anti-social behaviour or domestic violence.
The extension of the period of protection from eviction for residential tenancies in Wales is intended to delay evictions at a time when case numbers and hospitalisations are expected to increase. The aim is to provide tenants with increased security and time to resolve any financial difficulties that they might be facing.