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Disappointment as six-month notice period introduced in Wales

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Landlords in Wales will need to give tenants six-months’ notice when repossessing homes under new rules announced by the Welsh Government today in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Landlords have reacted with anger and disappointment to the plans, which will leave some without rent for over the year and are being implemented with immediate effect.

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) said the new rules will punish those landlords who have tried to do the right thing and support their tenants and could have devastating consequences on those reliant on rent payments as their income.

It is now calling on the Welsh Government to provide loans to cover tenants’ rents that are paid directly to landlords.

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the NRLA said: “The news that the notice period will be increased from three to six months will come as a real hammer blow to landlords in Wales.

“Some may already have tenants who were building up arrears prior to Covid, now not only have they been hit by the five-month moratorium on repossessions but they will have to give a further six-months’ notice.

“Even after this, it is unlikely the courts will be able to hear these cases straight away, so landlords could quite easily be looking at 18 months with no income.

“Effectively depriving a landlord of their right to evict as we come out of lockdown is unacceptable. The Welsh Government must act swiftly to address this, by offering interest free loans to tenants to cover unpaid rent and remove any risk of eviction. Where tenants refuse to apply for loans but continue to build arrears, landlords will need greater assistance.”

The Welsh Government said the changes – which will exclude cases of anti-social behaviour – are ‘temporary’ to give tenants greater increased security and give them more time to resolve any problems.

  • These changes are not retroactive. If a landlord has already served notice, then the notice period is still three months.

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Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

4 Comments

  • I am a homeless nurse /single mother, trying to get my house back, the tenants won’t leave. I’m currently sofa surfing, this news is devastating

    • It’s quite unbelievable that a legally binding agreement that has been signed by all parties can be just torn up by the government and a landlord (or in the case above, a nurse who is renting her property) has no rights or protection against rogue tenants. And yet if you want to pull down a statue in a town, that’s fine, the police will stand by and make sure you come to no harm.

  • New repossession rules. The Government do not realise that this will finish some landlords either by choice or other means. Some tenants are quite genuine in their plight, out of work and short of money, whilst others are out for free accommodation. At the present moment some Landlords are really struggling to pay the mortgages although Building societies gave a mortgage holiday which I believe will end soon it still has to be repaid. Where is the money coming from?

    For people like (Kelly) above, it is a dreadful situation to be in, trying to get her OWN home back, surely this should be a priority not dragged out for months. As a Nurse she should have priority as peoples lives depend on her care and expertise and therefore Kelly will need her sleep without worrying where it will end.
    I feel we should put some pressure on the government to sort out priorities such as Kelly’s.

  • All good landlords are selling up . I was lucky I sold a cottage 12th March 2020 .I currently house 5 family’s all are excellent long term tenants , none of my tenants suffer a rent increase as I appreciate how they take care of there homes even presser washing there drive ways . But with increased tax & endless unfair laws being passed by parliament it is with a heavy heart that me & my husband are exiting the rental market. The answer is to build more houses & give our renters a chance in life , They shouldn’t have to look for a landlord which will take a tenant with a dog & some landlords won’t even take children. We found our dream job but the government have turned it into a nightmare.

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