As an emergency measure across the UK in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the government temporarily banned bailiff-enforced evictions and eviction notice periods were extended from two months to six months.
This ban put in place in March 2020 was intended as a short-term measure and in England has now come to an end. It has been extended several times to help tenants who have fallen into arrears with their rent payments during the pandemic.
The eviction ban in Scotland has been extended until 30 September 2021 for areas that fall under level 3 or level 4 coronavirus restrictions. The situation is subject to review every three weeks. For areas in level 0, 1 or 2, evictions can be enforced.
As a tenant, your landlord is required to give you six months’ notice, or 28 days’ notice if there has been a breach of the tenancy agreement. If your landlord has decided to move in to the property themselves, the notice period is only three months.
In December 2020, the Scottish Government introduced the Tenant Hardship Loan Fund. If your employment or your ability to pay or rent has been affected by the pandemic and you are unable to pay your rent, you could be eligible for an interest-free loan. The amount of the loan will cover a maximum of nine months’ worth of rent arrears and is subject to an affordability assessment. The repayments will be deferred for six months and can be repaid over a five-year period.