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Stevenson welcome ban on private let evictions


By Alan Beresford

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LOCAL MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that private and social tenants in the north-east are to be given increased protection from eviction during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stewart Stevenson MSP: Evictions ban will "bring security".
Stewart Stevenson MSP: Evictions ban will "bring security".

Emergency legislation will increase the minimum notice period for private and social tenants to up to six months depending on the grounds used, helping to protect them from eviction.

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill, which contains substantial further powers and measures to ensure essential public services can continue throughout the coronavirus outbreak, will be introduced in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday).

Mr Stevenson, who represents Banffshire and Buchan Coast, said: “We must all work together to meet this challenge, which is why I am pleased that measures have been introduced to prevent evictions and relieve some of the financial pressure people in the north-east may be facing due to the coronavirus crisis.

“The Scottish Government has encouraged all landlords to be as flexible as possible during this unprecedented time, and I would urge them to also seek assistance if necessary by speaking to their lenders about mortgage breaks.

“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.”

To find out more, visit https://www.gov.scot/news/tenants-to-be-given-extra-protection/

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