The Welsh government’s introduction of the six months’ notice period is devasting news for some Welsh landlords some who are already struggling financially.
Landlords in Wales will need to give six months’ notice to their tenants when seeking to evict their tenants.
Mr Sasha Charles the CEO of Landlord Advice UK one the UK’s leading tenant eviction companies said: “I am astonished at this news; some welsh landlords are already dealing with several months’ rent arrears.”
In England just two days ago have changed the eviction process too. The 28-day rule for possession claims to be listed from the date of issue is scrapped. Other changes have been made too; all this means landlords with bad tenants have a very long wait before they can expect to regain possession of their home.
The 6-month rule for Wales is in force with immediate effect.
Mr Sajjad Ahmad, the CEO of the British Landlord Association, said: “We will be calling on the Government within the next few days to offer financial help for landlords. Landlords cannot carry this financial burden on there own, they need help.” He said.
Some landlords have been waiting for the ban on eviction to be lifted so they can issue possession claims.
Wendy Jones, a Cardiff landlord, said: “My tenant has rent arrears of 6 months as it stands now.”
“I have retired and rely on the rental income to survive. I can’t claim benefits because on paper I have this income. The fact is I don’t, I don’t have an income. The tenant is not going to pay. My tenant has told me straight; he is not going to pay any rent. He said I would have to evict him”. She said.
Source: British Landlords Association
Author: Sarah Featherstone
Date: 24th of July 2020