The Scottish Parliament intends to lay further regulations to extend the temporary ban on eviction orders, which was previously due to end on 22 January, but will now be extended to 31 March.
The expected ban will apply to all evictions in areas subject to level 3 or 4 restrictions (excluding cases of serious anti-social behaviour such as domestic abuse, where eviction orders can still be enforced). This extension endeavours to support tenants and offer protection from the transmission of Covid-19.
It is a vital time for tenants who can pay their rent to do so. If tenants are facing financial difficulties, we encourage them to let us know at the earliest opportunity so we can work towards a solution. We’re here to offer advice and guidance on all financial support which may be available to tenants.
Landlords will be made aware immediately of any change to tenant’s circumstances, and we will work with them to make sure, where necessary, that they are aware of financial support available to them.
It is still possible for landlords to serve notice and apply to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) for an eviction order where tenants are still in occupation following the statutory notice period to leave. However, there are likely to be delays in scheduling new Hearings for eviction orders by the FTT, and in any case, eviction orders will not be enforceable until 1 April 2021 at the earliest. Civil actions to recover rent arrears will be unaffected by the regulations, and so payment actions can proceed as normal.
While the situation changes every day, it is our commitment to you that we will continue to follow all government guidelines and will always be there to support you.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions.