Top politician wants rethink of six month possession period

7 August 2020 | Renting

Top politician wants rethink of six month possession period

A leading politician is calling for a rethink of the six month possession period which has been imposed in Wales.

Mark Isherwood, the Conservatives’ shadow housing minister in Wales, says the Welsh Government should reconsider the extension of the notice period.

He has told the National Residential Landlords Association that a balance needs to be struck between the rights of tenants in privately-rented accommodation, and the rights of landlords and owners of the properties.

“Landlords – as well as tenants – have needs, and their voices and views must be heard to ensure the implementation of policy that is fair for all” says Isherwood, who also warns there could be“serious repercussions for the sector” if the hardest hit landlords quit. 

The decision to extend possession notice periods does not include possession claims which cite anti-social behaviour, and was made under the Coronavirus Act 2020’s emergency powers. 

It was announced on July 23 with only a few hours notice before it came into effect, prompting Isherwood to say: “There appears to be a lack of consultation with stakeholders, as well a failure to investigate the possible effects of the move, a view echoed by the Legislation, Justice, and Constitution Committee in the Welsh Parliament.”

The NRLA is calling for the Welsh Government to reconsider its decision, and to also develop a financial package to support landlords and tenants by offering interest free loans to allow tenants to cover their rent.

Here you can see an open letter sent by the association to the Welsh Government on the issue.

This post has originally been featured in Letting Agent Today.