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Last month, the Welsh regulations for coronavirus were extended, keeping the notice period for most eviction notices at 6 months until the 31 of December 2021. 

This applies to all notices, for example, section 21 and section 8 notices, apart from those based on Anti-social behaviour or domestic violence grounds, which are at pre-pandemic levels.

The reason for the extension is to ensure that during a time when case numbers and hospitalisations are increasing and the virus remains a serious threat to public health, landlords will continue to give increased notice to tenants before they can issue proceedings for possession. 

The effect will be to delay evictions meaning that:

  • fewer people will face eviction into homelessness at a time when this might exacerbate the spread of the virus
  • when local authorities are less able to respond to these situations.

The Tenancy Hardship Fund

If you have a tenant who is in arrears, it may be a good idea to direct him to the Tenancy Hardship Fund. The fund offers grants to tenants who are in arrears during the pandemic in Wales. 

Note: this is only in Wales, England’s notice periods have returned to pre-pandemic levels.

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