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Stirling Council implement guidance to protect renters during COVID-19

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Stirling Council has implemented the Scottish Government guidance that seeks to protect tenants from eviction during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish Government announced that no private or social tenant should lose their homes because of financial hardship caused by COVID-19.

Registered private landlords and managing agents with registered properties in Stirling will receive information from Scottish Government Housing Minister Kevin Stewart detailing the extended eviction notice period.

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 increased the eviction notice period to six months for private and social tenants facing financial difficulties during this time.

Local authorities across Scotland have forwarded a letter from Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning to Landlords, which asked landlords to encourage tenants to apply for statutory sick pay and Universal Credit where they are eligible to do so.

Private landlords are also being advised to seek assistance from their own tenants should they need to take up the offer of a mortgage holiday.

Stirling Council Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Evelyn Tweed said: “Some renters and landlords alike across Stirling are no doubt worried about paying their rent and mortgage during these difficult times.

“Private and social tenants are being given increased protection from eviction during the coronavirus pandemic and this is the right thing to do in order to support people who are struggling financially.”

Tweed also said they were ensuring everyone was getting the help they need and had made it clear to landlords they should support tenants and encourage them to seek the help available.

Deputy Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Danny Gibson also encouraged landlords to be as flexible as they could be and to encourage communication between landlords and lenders.

The letter can also be viewed on the Stirling Council website, https://www.stirling.gov.uk/media/20854/ministerial-letter-landlord-and-agent-communication-covid-19-18-march-2020.pdf

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