07 Dec 2020
Enforcement of evictions from rented properties will be halted in Scotland for a six-week period from 11 January, with the exception of serious anti-social and criminal behaviour and domestic violence.
Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, announced that – given the relaxation of rules with regards to the mixing of households over the festive period and the potential that this could lead to people needing to self-isolate safely, at home – the Scottish Government will take forward regulations to introduce a ban on the enforcement of eviction orders across the private and social rented sectors.
It is a temporary action in direct response to the continued need to protect public health during the pandemic.
The regulations are being finalised and there will be some exceptions, for example, the most serious circumstances, such as illegal occupation, antisocial or criminal behaviour and domestic abuse, these types of eviction cases can still proceed as normal.
The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 is an emergency law to protect renters in Scotland during Coronavirus and applies to all eviction notices issued on or after 7 April 2020. The original end date was 30 September 2020, but the Scottish Parliament has extended the law until 31 March 2021 with some changes to notice periods.
The Scottish Government has supported tenants throughout the pandemic through a number of actions including increasing the Discretionary Housing Fund from £11 million to £19 million to provide additional housing support an a Tenant Hardship Loan Fund will be introduced shortly.