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Emergency legislation to protect renters and landlords during coronavirus crisis extended to Wales

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Emergency legislation to suspend new evictions from social or private rented accommodation during the coronavirus crisis will apply to Wales, ministers have said.

Julie James, minister for housing and local government, said the measures being introduced in the UK Parliament would also apply to Welsh tenants.

Under the plans, landlords cannot start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period, in a bid to ensure renters do not worry about the threat of losing their home.

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The three-month mortgage payment holiday will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

We are taking action to protect Welsh tenants and landlords affected by coronavirus.

Whilst it is right that tenants in Wales benefit from this measure, we need to do more to address the underlying issue of possession notices being issued in the first place.

We will continue to do all we can to support tenants in Wales.

It is vital that no renter in Wales will be forced out of their home during this difficult and unprecedented time.

These measures will alleviate pressures on landlords to meet mortgage payments and will further reduce pressure on tenants as a result.

– Julie James AM, Housing Minister