The above Act, which came into force on 7th April, ensures that tenants in the rented sector have additional protection from eviction in the current uncertainty relating to the coronavirus pandemic. These changes will support tenants to be secure in their homes and will also ensure that they have time to apply for and receive the available support so they can pay their bills in the short term and, if necessary, to give them time to plan for the longer term over this unprecedented crisis.

Preventing Evictions

To protect tenants being evicted from their home during the Covid-19 pandemic, the provisions within the Act mean that normal notice periods for tenants of 4 weeks advising them of the intention to commence court proceedings is changing.

Six Months

  • If any landlord intents taking a tenant to court for rent arrears, they must give you six months’ notice of any action

Three Months

  • If any landlord intends taking a tenant to court for antisocial/nuisance and harassment or using the house for illegal purposes they must give you 3 months’ notice.

1 month

  • If a landlord believes you are not staying at your property

The Act expires on 30 September 2020, six months after coming into force. However, that period can be extended by the Scottish Parliament if required: first to 31 March 2021, and then to 30 September 2021. It cannot be extended longer than that.