The National Residential Landlords Association has described a six months notice period for tenants as “yet another body blow to landlords.”
Over the weekend the Welsh government has took the industry by surprise by extending the period during which landlords must give tenants six months’ notice prior to an eviction until March 24 next year.
It has been due to finish at the end of this month but Welsh Government housing and climate minister Julie James has used powers under the country’s Covid legislation to extend the eviction regulations.
“The purpose of this alteration is to ensure that, at a time when there remains a serious threat to public health, both as a result of Covid-19 case rates remaining high overall and concern regarding the emergence of the new Omicron variant, landlords will continue to be required to provide an increased notice period to tenants before they can issue proceedings for possession” she says.
NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle says: “The Welsh Government’s decision … to further extend notice periods will come as yet another blow to landlords in the sector.
“It will cause hardship to landlords suffering at the hands of deliberate rent dodgers, as well as those with tenants causing nuisance to neighbours and house mates through anti-social behaviour.
“The decision to ask landlords to carry the Covid can once again, reinforces the need for the Welsh Government to work harder at distributing the tenancy hardship grant to those in greatest need, so that rent debt can be paid down and tenancies sustained in the interest of both parties.”
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