Emergency laws have been introduced in Wales to protect tenants from eviction for a temporary period.
From 29 September 2020, assured shorthold tenants in Wales are entitled to 6 months’ notice before their landlord can start court action to evict them.
You can only be given a shorter notice in some limited cases. For example if your landlord has given you a ‘section 8’ notice on the grounds of antisocial behaviour.
What if I received a notice from my landlord before the 29 September 2020?
The amount of notice you are entitled to depends on when you were given it :
- between 26 March 2020 and 23 July 2020 – you are entitled to 3 months notice
- between 24 July 2020 and 28 September 2020 – you are entitled to 6 months notice (unless you were given a ‘section 8’ notice on the grounds of anti-social behaviour in which case it is 3 months).
If you have received a ‘section 21’ or a ‘section 8’ notice from your landlord you should stay in your home. Evictions take time and you don’t have to leave at the end of your notice under current law.
Can I be evicted during the pandemic?
If you have had a notice which has expired, your landlord can apply to court for a possession order. Courts are currently open to deal with these cases. If you receive any letters from the court take a look at our advice on court proceedings to find out what will happen next.
Courts are still able to process possession cases but bailiffs in Wales are unable to carry out any evictions until after 30 June 2021, except in limited circumstances.
This means that even if your landlord has obtained a possession order from the court, bailiffs will not currently be able to evict you from your home.
There are some exceptions, including cases of anti-social behaviour, trespass or domestic violence.