The Scottish Government has confirmed regulations will be laid before parliament that will ensure no eviction orders can be enforced within an area subject to level 3 or 4 restrictions until at least 31 March 2021. The previous ban, introduced on 11 December, was due to expire on 22 January. These new regulations will take effect from 22 January 2021 and will be reviewed every 21 days.
There are exemptions to the regulations in relation to the most serious circumstances such as illegal occupation, antisocial behaviour, and criminal behaviour including domestic abuse.
The need to introduce the measures are due to the continued rise in cases caused by the new variant of the COVID virus and this action will help to ensure everyone, including renters, are protected from the health, social and economic harms of the virus by being able to remain in their homes during this time.
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, commented “It’s become even more important to stop people from needing to find a new home or perhaps from having to move in with a different household. For that reason the regulations to prevent the enforcement of eviction notices will be extended until March 31 in all Level 3 and Level 4 areas, which of course right now is the entirety of Scotland. If necessary, the regulations can be extended further after that date.”
If you have any questions regarding the current rules and legislation when renting a property, please get in touch.