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Extended notice periods to continue to March 2021

Tuesday 01 September 2020

The Scottish Government has today confirmed that the ban on evictions will be extended for a further six months to March 2021.

To provide greater support to tenants and landlords, they have announced a £10 million package of interest-free loans to help tenants struggling to pay their rent due to financial difficulty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARLA Propertymark has been in regular contact with the Scottish Government, feeding in members' views, explaining that landlords are working to support tenants wherever possible, while also explaining the wider impact of the pandemic on the private rented sector.

Focusing on those who are unable to access other support, the Tenant Hardship Loan Fund is scheduled to open in the Autumn. Alongside this, the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) fund which helps tenants in receipt of benefits will increase by £3 million.

Emergency legislation put in place to protect private and social tenants from eviction during the coronavirus pandemic is very likely to be extended by six months however the Scottish Government are examining proposals to allow landlords to regain possession within one month in cases of anti-social or criminal behaviour.

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Tackling inequality and supporting people is a central theme of this year’s Programme for Government and this package of support for tenants is part of that.

We already know that the pandemic has hit the lowest earners hardest and the Scottish Government has already put in place a range of actions in place to support tenants.

This new £10 million fund, along with a further increase in our Discretionary Housing Payment funds, will mean that no one should be left in a position where they cannot access support to pay their rent. The intention is that this fund will open in November for those unable to access other forms of support to help meet their housing costs.

We have been clear that no landlord should evict a tenant because they have suffered financial hardship due to the pandemic. I fully expect landlords to be flexible with anyone facing such challenges, signposting them to the sources of financial support available, and tenants in difficulty should engage with their landlord and seek advice on the options open to them.

I can confirm today that emergency legislation will be extended to ensure no evictions can take place until March 2021. However, since the initial legislation was introduced we have listened carefully to tenants and housing authorities concerned that a three month notice period is too long where tenants have behaved in an anti-social or criminal way. We are therefore reverting back to a one month period for repossession for such cases to ensure we can protect other tenants, neighbours and landlords who should not have to tolerate such behaviour.

Kevin Stewart, Housing Minister

ARLA Propertymark will continue to keep members updated on developments.