The Welsh Government have announced new legislation which is set to commence from tomorrow – 29 September 2020.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Wales) Regulations 2020 modifies the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Firstly, it will extend the period for which a six months possession notice is required in Wales (in most cases) to 31 March 2020. This brings it in line with England.
In addition, the regulations will revert ground 14 (anti-social behaviour) back to the lengths required pre-pandemic namely, proceedings must not be commenced before the notice is served.
Ground 7A (convicted of a serious offence) is also reverted back to pre-pandemic levels of one month.
A notice to quit served in relation to a Rent Act 1977 tenancy is increased to 6 months as are a number of other secure tenancies relevant to local authorities.
Finally, the section 8 notice for Wales is changed to reflect the relevant changes. Our possession notice wizard will be updated with the new notice.
Julie James, Minister for Housing and Local Government said:
During the debate on the Legislative Consent Motion for the 2020 Act, which was held on 24 March 2020, the Minister for Health and Social Services gave a commitment to provide a public statement on each use of the powers under the Act. I can now confirm that, as Minister for Housing and Local Government, I have made Regulations under section 88(1) and paragraphs 1(2) and 13(1) of Schedule 29 to the 2020 Act. The Regulations extend until 31 March 2021 the relevant period to which the provisions of Schedule 29 will apply. Furthermore, the Regulations increase from three months to six months, the period of notice that must be served in respect of protected and statutory tenancies, secure tenancies, and introductory tenancies and demoted tenancies, thus bringing them into line with the period required in relation to assured and assured shorthold tenancies. In respect of all tenancies however, for notices given in relation to antisocial behaviour and domestic violence, the requirements will revert to those that applied prior to the Coronavirus Act 2020.
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