To protect against Coronavirus transmission, the Welsh Government has passed The Public Health (Protection from Eviction) (Wales) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (‘the Regulations’) which introduce a temporary eviction ban in Wales.
No notices of eviction by a bailiff eviction notices can be served on residential tenants nor can bailiffs possession orders from11 December 2020 until 11 January 2021 unless an exemption applies. The exemptions are:
- To evict trespassers,
- To evict occupants on the grounds of anti-social behaviour,
- To evict occupants on the grounds of nuisance, and
- Where a property is unoccupied following the death of a tenant.
These rules are similar to the rules in England, however, the rules in England also include the following exemptions:
- where serious rent arrears have accrued (at least 9 months’ rent arrears before the pandemic) and;
- tenants who have provided false statements can still be evicted.
The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction and Taking Control of Goods) (England) Regulations 2020 here.