Covid 19 Update

December 2020

The Public Health (Protection from Eviction) (Wales) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (‘the Regulations’) came into force on 11 December 2020. These Regulations affect Wales only.

To protect against Coronavirus transmission, no eviction notices can be served on residential tenants nor can bailiffs execute warrants of possession of land, from the 11 December 2020 until 11 January 2021, unless an exemption applies. The exemptions are:

1. To evict trespassers;

2. To evict occupants on the grounds of anti-social behaviour;

3. To evict occupants on the grounds of nuisance; and

4. Where a property is unoccupied following the death of a tenant.

The exemptions are different in England. In England, the exemptions also include cases where serious rent arrears have accrued (at least 9 months’ rent arrears before the pandemic) and tenants who have provided false statements can still be evicted.

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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