New Regulations for Wales to Restrict Evictions until 11 January 2021 1

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:

  1. To evict trespassers,
  2. To evict occupants on the grounds of anti-social behaviour,
  3. To evict occupants on the grounds of nuisance, and
  4. 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.