The enforcement of possession orders in Scotland is to banned over Christmas, its government has announced this morning.
Bailiffs are to be prevented from enforcing evictions from 11th December until 22nd January.
The new regulations, which will be introduced in the Scottish parliament imminently, are designed to offer tenants protection from eviction during the festive break, reduce the burden on local authorities to find accommodation for those who are evicted and stop the spread of Covid.
The only exception to the new eviction ban will be tenants involves in serious anti-social and criminal behaviour, and domestic violence.
Scotland’s Housing Minister Kevin Stewart (pictured, below) says: “We took early action to, in effect, halt eviction action until March 2021 due to the pandemic.
“We have supported tenants throughout this difficult period through a number of actions including increasing our Discretionary Housing Fund from £11 million to £19 million to provide additional housing support and shortly we will introduce our Tenant Hardship Loan Fund.
“We are now taking this additional, temporary step after carefully assessing the unique housing situation created by the pandemic.
“A temporary ban on carrying out evictions will give additional peace of mind to tenants over Christmas and into the new year.
“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.
“It will allow tenants who are facing eviction, and may decide to take the opportunity to form extended bubbles over the festive period in line with relaxed guidance, time to effectively self-isolate afterwards should they come into contact with a positive person.”