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New building safety regulators proposed for Wales

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Suspension on evictions in Wales

Monday 14 December 2020

The Welsh Government has today, 14 December agreed measures to suspend evictions from social and private rented accommodation between 11 December until 11 January as part of its response to protect renters during COVID-19.

Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James said: “We have taken action to protect public health and support Welsh tenants this Christmas. This is an extremely difficult time for many people and renters should not be forced out of their homes, at a time when there will be less access to advice, support and alternative accommodation. We also know that people who are homeless are at a higher risk of contracting Coronavirus.

“One of the best ways of tackling homelessness is to prevent it happening to begin with and this is just one of the steps we are taking as many people face uncertainty."

Funding

This year the Welsh Government will invest up to £50 million to tackle homelessness, with hopes to transform services to ensure there are permanent homes for people who are at risk of being homeless.

Earlier this year an extra £1.4m was provided through the Single Advice Fund, to support people to manage problem debt and improve their household income. Part of this funding was used to create the Early Alert Scheme for rent arrears and other household debt in the private rented sector.

In addition, the Welsh Government’s Tenancy Saver Loan Scheme offers private sector tenants who are in rent arrears a low-cost loan that is paid directly to the landlord, to address debt and to prevent evictions.

Both agents and landlords should keep in mind the availability of these potential financial support sources in order to ensure tenants are informed.

What Propertymark is doing

Propertymark will continue to communicate with the Welsh Government and will inform members of any further information once released. 

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