Emergency laws mean that most council tenants in Wales who get an eviction notice on or after 29 September 2020 are entitled to 6 months’ notice before their landlord can apply to court. This includes secure, introductory and demoted tenancies.
Court proceedings for eviction were suspended for a time but the courts have now been able to start to deal with evictions again.
However, under the ‘firebreak’ rules no evictions will take place during the firebreak period. Any evictions that are currently scheduled for the firebreak period will be postponed for a date after 9 November 2020.
Depending on what steps had been taken before the eviction ban, the legal process could still take several months.
If your landlord had started court proceedings to evict you before 3 August 2020 and wants to continue the proceedings they will need to send a notice to you and to the court. This is called a ‘Reactivation Notice’. In the notice they must give information to the court about the impact coronavirus has had on you and your family.
You will be contacted by the court if this happens and you will be told if there is to be a court hearing. The hearing might be dealt with by video or audio link.
You should still pay your rent while you are waiting for a court hearing. Make sure you tell your landlord or lender about the affect that coronavirus has had on you and your family. Do this in an email or text and keep a copy so that you can show this to the court if asked.
If you are struggling to pay your rent, see our advice.