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Extended notice periods to remain

Monday, 28th June, 2021

The temporary measures that were introduced in April 2020, which had the intention of protecting as many people as possible suffering hardship during the pandemic, has now been extended until 31 March 2022 with the potential to be extended to 30 September 2022.
The Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill, passed on the 24 June, will now continue the majority of measures introduced by the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 and Coronavirus (No.2) (Scotland) Act 2020, both of which were due to expire in September 2021.

What does this mean for the PRS?

The extended Notice Periods that tenants are afforded remains in place and it will either be six months, three months or 28 days depending on the ground being used.

All grounds for possession will remain discretionary, this includes the Section 33 notice, and it will be for the members of the first-tier tribunal to decide whether to grant an eviction order or not.

Pre-action requirements before an eviction on the grounds of rent arrears remain in place. Letting agents and landlords must ensure they continue engaging with tenants and that eviction on this ground is a very last resort.
The terms of the Bill

The legislation contains a provision for the Scottish Government to continue reporting to Parliament every two months the effectiveness of the measures and those found to be no longer necessary can be removed prior to the expiry date.
David Toner director of Rentolease says ' Given the success in the current coronavirus vaccination campaign we are hopeful that these notices may be modified or changed before next year. but until then we will work to ensure that the tenants are secure in their homes while minimising rent arrears. '


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