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.

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“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.

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“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.

9 COMMENTS

  1. This is nothing to do with “Protecting tenants” and has EVERTHING to do with the elections in May. Winning votes overriding the rights of landlords.

  2. It is very in vogue for all politicians to hammer landlords as it is popular with the voters. However, this a very short-sighted policy. In London many private landlords have already sold up and left the market, leaving big companies to snap up the properties from landlords exiting the market. These companies then increase the rent considerably. Landlords in many parts of the UK are now following suit.

    Long term, this will not help future tenants. Talk about living for today and don’t worry about tomorrow. Still short-termism is all the rage.

    • Yes, you are right, it is in vogue. But it’s in fact a matter of Tory policy. George Osborne started the Tories’ long-term campaign against small private landlords with the gradual erosion of allowable expenses etc and that policy is being continued by Johnson’s government. The policy actually is to drive out small private landlords and replace them with large corporate build-to-rent ones.

      They know they can get away with this because small private landlords have politically nowhere to run.

    • Big companies are only interested in flats.

      They don’t want houses in London.

      I very much doubt that corporates are buying houses that LL are selling.
      Flats maybe.

  3. Landlords may like to look carefully at the ABOLISH THE WELSH ASSEMBLY PARTY or consider spoiling their ballot paper at the May Senedd election.

  4. The Welsh Assembly are filled up with mostly muppets- when are Welsh going to wake up? Or will they keep voting Labour and end up like turkeys voting for Christmas ……

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