Yesterday’s announcement by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that her government intends to extend the country’s evictions ban by six months to the end of March 2021 has been met with dismay by the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).

Its Chief Executive, John Blackwood, tells LandlordZONE that although many campaigning groups have welcomed the premature announcement by Sturgeon, the Scottish Parliament has yet to debate and agree this position.

“Extending the emergency measures on evictions will only push a critical problem in to the future when it needs to be tackled head-on now,” he says.

“What we need to focus on is how we can sustain tenancies during the crisis. Landlords should continue to be flexible and understanding and tenants should ensure that their landlord is kept informed about changes to allow for reasonable solutions to be found. 

“In order to address the root of the problem, the government must provide support for tenants affected by the pandemic to pay their rent. 

“Other administrations such as the Welsh Assembly Government are looking at imaginative ways to put money in to tenants pockets for rent and we believe the Scottish Government should follow suit as quickly as possible to prevent the collapse of a vital part of the housing sector.”

LandlordZONE readers can watch and ask question during a webinar due to feature Blackwood on 20th August.

He will be appearing with several other leading figures from the private rental market sector who will discuss – among many other things – the different approaches to Covid and evictions by politicians around the UK.


  1. This is just playing politics, lets bash the private landlords they can’t fight back at the moment . Come march there will be mass evictions, mass claims for rent arrears. This will exclude thousands from private sector rentals in the future as prospective tenants fail credit checks, it will exclude them from credit facilies else ware and screw up chances of ever getting a mortgage . It also has impacts further afield unable to obtain credit means no finance, bank loans or hp it means they won’t be able to replace cars, furntiure, white goods etc which hits the job’s in those sectors, sectors these people work in it will drive them into the arms of unlicenced money lenders, who won’t think twice about pushing women into prostitution . The outcome a cost to society far greater than protecting rent payments and it will take many decades to rectify

  2. Very few LL will bother with attempting Civil Recovery as they know it is usually a fruitless task.

    Tenants might struggle if LL carry out suitable referencing.

    But most tenants will be able to avoid DD by LL.

    Just claim they were living with parents.

    Rent defaulting tenants won’t have their credit history affected……………..unfortunately!

    LL will suffer even more billions of losses.
    They will never recover these from feckless tenants.


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