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Evictions: Another part of UK falls in line with England

Wales is the latest part of the UK to follow the example of England and suspend evictions  until January 11 as part of its response to protect renters during Covid-19.

Wales’ Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James says: “We have taken action to protect public health and support Welsh tenants this Christmas. 

“This is an extremely difficult time for many people and renters should not be forced out of their homes, at a time when there will be less access to advice, support and alternative accommodation. We also know that people who are homeless are at a higher risk of contracting Coronavirus.


“One of the best ways of tackling homelessness is to prevent it happening to begin with and this is just one of the steps we are taking as many people face uncertainty."

ARLA Propertymark has monitored Welsh rental sector actions.

The Welsh Government has a private sector loans scheme for tenants who are in rent arrears.

A low-cost loan is paid directly to the landlord, in a bid to address debt and to prevent evictions.

ARLA Propertymark - which has called for a similar loans scheme in England - says both agents and landlords in Wales should keep in mind the availability of these potential financial support sources in order to ensure tenants are informed.

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