A temporary ban on evictions in Scotland has been extended until the end of March 2021. There will be regulations presented to the Scottish Parliament on the 14th January 2021 which will outline an extend the current ban, which is in place until the 22nd January. This extension to the ban will apply to all evictions with the exception of serious anti-social behaviour, including domestic abuse. The terms are subject to review every three weeks to ensure it remains necessary to protect against the spread of coronavirus and will remain until 31 March 2021.
This means that renters will retain a safe home during the pandemic, reducing the burden on local authorities, who have a duty to re home those who have been made homeless following an eviction. It will also make it easier for people to follow the guidelines during the current lockdown.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “Extending the temporary ban on the enforcement of eviction orders in the private and social rented sectors in areas subject to level 3 and 4 restrictions will support tenants, and offer people protection from transmission of the virus by being able to stay safe in their homes.
“It will also prevent additional burdens being placed on health and housing services during a time where they are already working hard due to the impact of the pandemic. This is a proportionate response to an extremely challenging set of circumstances. In the case of serious anti-social or criminal behaviour – including domestic abuse – eviction orders can still be enforced.
“We have been clear that no landlord should evict a tenant because they have suffered financial hardship due to the pandemic. Tenants in difficulty should engage with their landlord and seek advice on the options open to them.”
This ban which has been formally extended for two months is expected to be repeated in England.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It has become even more important to stop people from needing to find a new home or perhaps from having to move in with a different household. For that reason the regulations to prevent the enforcement of eviction notices will be extended until March 31 in all Level 3 and Level 4 areas, which of course right now is the entirety of Scotland. And if necessary the regulations can be extended further after that date.”
Talk to us at Newton Letting if you have any queries regarding your rights and responsibilities as a landlord during this time.