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Temporary ban on evictions and loan funds to continue beyond 31 March

Tuesday 09 March 2021

The current ban on the enforcement of eviction orders in Scotland has now been extended to 30 September 2021.

Continuing the current ban, which was due to expire on the 31 March, the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 mean it will remain unlawful for any person serving a charge for removing or executing a decree for removing from heritable property in any level 3 or 4 areas.

This means that Sheriff Officers are unable to attend a property for the purpose of serving an eviction notice or executing an eviction.

Exceptions are made where the cases are for serious anti-social behaviour, including domestic abuse.

Regulation review

The temporary regulations will be subject to review every 21 days and therefore the general ban on enforcement of eviction orders may be lifted earlier than 30 September. Using the post code checker will confirm the local COVID-19 protection level. The protection level tells you what you can and cannot do.

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Loan scheme

In continued financial support to landlords and tenants, the Tenant Hardship Loan Fund and the Private Rent Sector Landlord (non-business) COVID-19 Loan Scheme, which offer interest-free loans, will continue to receive applications beyond the original deadline of 31 March 2021.

Tenant Hardship Loan

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Throughout this pandemic, our focus has been on enabling people to stay safe in their homes while the lockdown restrictions needed to suppress the virus are in place.

We have been clear that no landlord should evict a tenant because they have suffered financial hardship due to the pandemic and that tenants in difficulty should engage with their landlord and seek advice on the options open to them.

Kevin Stewart, Scottish Housing Minister