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Scottish Government extends protections against evictions

The Scottish Government has announced it will extend the protections against evictions until March 2021. 

The news comes as the country continues to battle against the impact of Covid-19, with local areas back in full lockdowns. 

Shelter Scotland welcomed the news, calling it a "big win for our supporters and us".

Renters south of the border will now be eagerly awaiting news from Westminster to see if an extension is likely in England, with pressure mounting on the government to step in.

However this week, landlords have issued a robust release about the threat of evictions, saying they are "stoking needless anxiety" for tenants.

Alicia Kennedy, Director of Generation Rent, said: “The governments in Scotland and Wales have recognised that, with the virus undefeated and the economic situation bleak, renters need much more certainty in their homes. 

“Yet in England, the government is ploughing ahead with reopening eviction cases in the courts. Whether you’ve lost income and benefits don’t cover your rent, or your landlord simply doesn’t appreciate your gardening skills, you’ll have no protection from a no fault eviction in 11 days' time.

“Time is running out for Robert Jenrick to keep his promise to keep renters hit by coronavirus in their homes.”