17 Dec 2020

Eviction Ban

Following the recent announcement by the Scottish Government, we now have the regulations confirming a ban on evictions relative to rented properties for 6 weeks over the Christmas period. As such, enforcement of possession or eviction orders for private rented properties will be halted from today (11 December 2020) until 22 January 2021 with the exception of those relating to Anti-social behaviour and criminal behaviour. The regulations are The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 and they can be found using this link:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/425/contents/made

The regulations will therefore give extra protection to tenants during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, whether deserved or not as the vast majority of evictions that would have taken place over this period do not in any way arise out of the current pandemic and will likely have arisen as a result of circumstances that arose before COVID-19 was even an issue. The justification given by the Scottish Government for the ban is that they claim that it will reduce the burden on local authorities, who have a duty to rehouse people made homeless through evictions, and that it will also make it easier for people to self-isolate if they choose to form extended bubbles during the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas.