The Welsh Government has extended the rules which were due to expire at the end of September. Rules meaning landlords in Wales cannot give less than six months notice for evictions will stay in place until 31 March 2021.
Therefore, buy-to-let landlords in Wales must now give at least six months notice for evictions until at least 31 March 2021.
The move means renters in Wales will now get similar protection to those in England regarding eviction notices. Now the need for a six-month notice period in most cases in Whales will also stay in place until March.
Despite the lengthier notice period, tenants, including those with mounting arrears, are getting reminders to fulfil their rental obligations.
Housing minister Julie James said the changes are “not an excuse for people not to pay their rent”.
Welsh Conservative housing spokesman Mark Isherwood called for protection for landlords as well as tenants.
The Welsh Government has used coronavirus powers to lengthen the minimum term that landlords must give for evictions to six months.
The minimum period was two months before lockdown. Then government initially extended that notice for evictions to three months before changing it to six months in July.
A Senedd committee warned that the way the law had been made risked breaching landlords’ human rights.
Separately the UK government has banned eviction proceedings in the courts until 20 September.
She added: “The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to have a significant impact on daily life and is still posing major challenges for all of us.
“I have therefore acted to give additional protection to renters by extending the current six month notice periods for eviction, other than the notice periods for possession grounds relating to anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse which will revert to the pre-Covid position.”