The Welsh government has taken the unexpected decision to extend the period during which landlords must give tenants six months’ notice prior to an eviction until 24th March 2022.

The current period had been due to run out on 31st December but, with time running out, housing and climate minister Julie James has now moved to use her powers under the country’s Covid legislation to extend the eviction regulations.

She has extended the extended-notice eviction rules on several occasions during the pandemic, and the only good news for landlords is that this is the last time the Welsh government can do this without new Covid legislation being passed.

“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,” James told the Welsh Senedd today.

Another blow

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Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, says: “The Welsh Government’s decision today 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.”

15 COMMENTS

  1. Oh the joy of being a landlord in Wales! The WAG hates us even more than the Westminster government! Politicians are clearly too stupid or stubborn to acknowledge the contribution we make to society – providing homes for people who cannot do this for themselves -and both governments, the WAG in particular, continue threatening our financial stability with their laughable possession laws. One of our properties is already sold, making one less for the rental sector. I’m sure the rest will follow in quick succession.

    • This extension is very fair. I have been evicted TWICE during the pandemic, with a Section 21 notice. To no fault of my own: in the first flat, the landlord was coming back and needed the flat; in the second one, the landlady is selling the flat.
      I have always paid on time and have kept the place tidy. Do you think it’s fair for me to have to move to new accommodation with all the associated upheaval in just 2 months? I don’t think so. The 6-months notice should stay forever.
      Section 21 notices are being served to good tenants all the time.

      • I ve never heard of section 21s being served to good tenants ! In my experience 95% of tenants are not good , the biggest mistake the government has made is paying tenants the rents instead of paying the landlords directly for those tenants who are on the benefits system , my son and his mate now rent my property snd they are great payers and it’s unfair that tenants can give you just two months to leave and yet a landlord has to give 6 months notice and a section 21 ! It should work fairly both ways

        • Well ive had 8 sections 21’s in 20 years and all have sold or moved back in so I dont believe you think a section 21 is only given if you dont pay rent, as for 6 months notice for a renter to leave is still not long enough if your uptodate with rent & of course you dont need more than a months notice as a good property at the right price is rented in hours, its not what you want its about what us the customer wants

      • same here ive had 8 section 21’s in 20 years and often going past the two months notice and end up in court as I cant find a suitable place in just 8 weeks all have sold or moved back in grrrrrrrrr

      • Hey tenant are that. Why shouldn’t owners be able to move into their own flat or take back if they need it…. Maybe there should be a no fault landlord eviction process…

  2. Wales.

    One down, another one to go next year.

    We have owned 2 well maintained properties as rentals in Wales for over 10 years. Enough of all of these restrictions and squeezes on us by the Welsh government. We have recently managed to get vacant possession of one property, which will shortly be marketed for sale, and will do the same in 2023 with the other one, issuing the required Six Months Notice timed to be served before July 2022.

    EPC C in the wings, No Section 21 anymore, Minimum 12 month Contract, right of succession to others. Jump this hoop, then jump that hoop.

    Well, no more the fool for us. Good luck finding somewhere prospective Tenants, you are going to need it.

  3. Most landlords I know are,like me selling up. I had 8 properties that were always well maintained and mostly had good tenants.But the Welsh government seem to think it’s better to force us to sell than provide much needed housing.Down to three now and can’t wait to sell those

  4. People need to realise that being a landlord is a business, and that’s why there are financial rules out there from the government, although landlords don’t get financial help. At the end of the day, like any business a landlord can close or sell that business to make and take their profit, of which the government will happily tax them as much as possible.

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