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COVID-19 update 43

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Welsh Government: Temporary increase in the notice period for eviction

The Welsh Government has announced a temporary increase in the notice period for eviction. The change, which came into force today, means that unless a tenant is being evicted on the grounds of anti-social behaviour, they will be entitled to six months’ notice instead of three. The Minster for Housing and Local Government has published a written statement outlining these changes. 

The Welsh Government has also published the regulations and explanatory memorandum as well as FAQs documents available in Welsh and English

As a result of these changes, the following Welsh Government has amended its guidance for people worried about eviction and its guidance for landlords and managing agents in the private rented sector

Welsh Government: Extra £1.4 million funding to boost household income and manage problem debt in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced new funding which aims to bolster the debt advice services that are delivered through the Single Advice Fund, ensuring that those most vulnerable, such as private sector tenants, can access the advice and support they need to manage their financial situation. 

Chief Medical Officer: Changes to Coronavirus regulations

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has announced his support for several changes to the Coronavirus restrictions, including activities relating to the sale and letting of residential properties and the requirement to wear facemasks on public transport in Wales. 

Full opening of the housing market from 27 July

The Welsh Government has confirmed changes to regulations regarding the viewing of residential properties. These will relax the restriction on gatherings to allow a wider range of activities relating to the sale and letting of residential property, such as viewings of occupied properties. The regulations, as amended, can be found here (page 17). 

Welsh Government guidance: Requirement to wear a face covering on public transport in Wales

The Welsh Government has published new guidance following its announcement that people will be required to wear face coverings on public transport in Wales from Monday 27th July. 

Equality Impact Assessments: 21-day reviews of measures to manage COVID-19

The Welsh Government has published its latest assessments of how its measures to manage COVID-19 affect equality of opportunity.

  • EIA: 21-day reviews of measures to manage COVID-19 (9 July review)
  • EIA: 21-day reviews of measures to manage COVID-19 (16 July review

Welsh Government workplace guidance: Offices and contact centres

The Welsh Government has updated its Keep Wales Safe workplace guidance for offices and contact centres. 

Welsh Government guidance: Relaxing planning conditions to support economic recovery

The Welsh Government has published guidance for planning authorities on the relaxing of construction operating hours, the use of caravan parks and hospitality uses in town centres. 

Reminder: Funding opportunities homelessness and housing-related support providers

  • Crisis has launched its Home For All programme, which will provide grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 to organisations that wish to embrace a housing-led and transformational approach to ending homelessness. 
  • Homeless Link's COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund includes £680,000 provided by Comic Relief for charities based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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