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Covid 19 Update

January 2021

The Public Health (Protection from Eviction) (Wales) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (‘the Regulations’) came into force on 11 January 2021. 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 January 2021 until 31 March 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 Welsh Government must review the Regulations every three weeks to ensure that the ban imposed is deemed proportionate. The eviction ban may therefore be lifted before the expiry date of the Regulations. Court cases can continue, it is just bailiff evictions that cannot proceed.

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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