Shelter in Wales has launched a campaign to persuade the country’s government to match England’s notice period extension to six months.
The campaigning group has told BBC Wales that according to its YouGov poll some 15,000 have ‘been threatened with eviction in Wales since the start of lockdown’ and that the number of private tenants facing eviction is ten times the normal level.
Shelter Cymru wants its government to give tenants the same protections as those in England where, it was announced by Robert Jenrick on Friday, landlords seeking to give notice to tenants must now wait for six months.
Welsh tenants will therefore face the usual two-month notice period to vacate a property from the end of September, when its minimum notice period moratorium ends, and consequently Shelter Cymru is demanding that this is extended until the end of March.
Shelter says it’s worried that when the stay on possession hearings is lifted on 20th September in England and Wales, this will put homeless services under extreme pressure.
‘Not out of the woods yet’
“We are not out of the woods, more people are going to lose their jobs and their homes,” she said.
“The Welsh Government needs to extend the emergency legislation to at least the end of March or ideally for another 12 months so that tenants have that breathing space.”
The NRLA’s spokesperson in Wales, Douglas Haig, told the BBC that the courts should be re-opened on September 20th to deal with cases where tenants were committing anti-social behaviour or had long-standing rent arrears unrelated to the pandemic.