The Scottish Government recently announced a six-month ban on evictions for those in Stirling and the surrounding areas.
The move was greeted with enthusiasm by SNP MSP Bruce Crawford, who stated that “measures to prevent evictions and relieve some of the financial pressure people in the Stirling area may be facing due to the coronavirus crisis are welcome.
“No-one should face losing their home as a result of this coronavirus pandemic. The move to ban evictions during this crisis will bring security to people’s lives when they need it most.”
Increased minimum notice periods for private and social tenants thanks to emergency legislation, will enable tenants to feel more secure in their living situations. Exceptions exist for those demonstrating anti-social or criminal behaviour.
Councillor Evelyn Tweed, the SNP Housing portfolio holder, highlighted that “people need reassurance at this time that they will not lose the roof over their head due to coronavirus.”
As for landlords themselves, Crawford echoed the Scottish Government’s plea for them to be flexible with tenants, adding, “I would urge them to also seek assistance if necessary, by speaking to their lenders about mortgage breaks.”
Giving tenants greater protection is just one of the powers that the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill contains, with more measures announced on Tuesday, impacting the justice system, businesses and public services.
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