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Tenants will continue to receive financial support in Wales

Tuesday 23 March 2021

The Welsh Government has announced today, 23 March, that the Tenancy Loan Saver (TSL) scheme will be extended until 30 September 2021.

The TSL was launched in October 2020 for tenants who experienced a temporary change of income during the pandemic, including furloughed staff on reduced wages, those who took unpaid leave to care for someone and individuals claiming Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

With many tenants continuing to live on reduced incomes and concerns about a spike in evictions once the ban and notice period extension ends, the scheme, which was due to end on 31 March 2021 has been extended for another six months.

Purpose of the TSL scheme

While not intended for all tenants in rent arrears, the TSL scheme was aimed at those who were struggling to clear their arrears, having been temporarily unable to afford their rent.

Next steps

The Welsh Government is looking for several ways to improve and extend the scheme to increase the number of applications and people receiving the payments, including better communication to tenants and landlords and working with credit unions to improve access.

Discretionary Housing Payments

To help Local Authorities meet the expected rise in demand next year, there has been a £4.1m fund allocated for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) to support tenants in arrears.

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This Government has achieved much to strengthen the rights of those renting their home in Wales and now we must re-double our efforts when it comes to supporting tenants through the pandemic and beyond

Julie James MS, Minister for Housing and Local Government, Welsh Government

Propertymark activity

Propertymark is concerned about the lack of financial support provided to landlords during the pandemic. As part of our #keeptherentflowing campaign, we are asking for more to be done to support those who have lost income. You can support us by writing to your local representative.

In our Welsh election manifesto, outlining our key asks for Ministers, we have called on the future Welsh Government to review how Universal Credit (UC) payments are made, giving tenants the choice to pay the housing element of UC directly to their landlord.

To help members with the changes implemented by Government, we have plenty of resources available in the Coronavirus support section of the Member’s Area of our website.