The Welsh government is to extend its existing evictions ban past March 31st and on until the end of June.
But unlike the evictions ban in England, within Wales there will be no exemption for landlords dealing with tenants in extreme arrears.
Welsh housing minister Julie James (main pic) also says the existing statutory requirement for landlords to give tenants six months’ notice before starting an eviction will also be extended until the end of June.
“The Welsh Government recognises that extending these temporary protections for a further period of time may cause difficulties for some landlords in the private rented sector,” she says.
“However, our overriding priority must be the protection of public health at this time.”
Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association (pictured, below) says: “The further extension to the repossessions ban will do nothing to help landlords and tenants financially hit due to the pandemic.
“We are disappointed that exemptions regarding significant rent arrears have not been included.
“Throughout the pandemic there has been no direct support for landlords in financial distress, and the tenancy saver loans scheme for tenants have had limited uptake due to over-restrictive access criteria, inconsistent local variations and an unnecessary interest charge.
“It seems like the Welsh Government are unwilling to listen to the voices of those most affected.
“Without changes made, more tenants face losing their homes, and many will carry damaged credit scores, making it more difficult to rent in the future and causing huge pressure on local authorities when they can least manage it.”
Read the announcement in full.