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28 September, 2020 Open access

Extension of six-month notice of eviction requirements in Wales to 31 March 2021

New statutory instrument issued that also reduces the temporary three-month notice period for anti-social behaviour or domestic violence cases to its pre-COVID-19 position

New regulations have been issued in relation to extending the six-month notice of eviction requirements in Wales to 31 March 2021.

In force from 29 September 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.1044/2020) amend modifications relating to notices that need to be given in order to seek possession of dwellings - made by provisions in schedule 29 to the Coronavirus Act 2020 - in relation to notices that are given after the regulations come into force.

In particular, the amendments have the effect of -

NB - prior to these regulations coming into force, the effect of the modifications made by schedule 29 was that, in Wales, landlords were required to provide at least three months’ notice before seeking a possession order where dwellings were let under Rent Act protected or statutory tenancies, secure tenancies, introductory tenancies or demoted tenancies. For assured shorthold tenancies, at least six months’ notice was required where notice was given under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, and for assured tenancies at least six months’ notice was required unless the notice specified Ground 7A or 14 (in which case, at least three months’ notice was required).

In addition, the regulations extend the expiry date for provisions made by Schedule 29 from 30 September 2020 to 31 March 2021.

SI.No.1044/2020 is available from legislation.gov.uk