24 March 2020

Commenting on the news that devolved emergency legislation will include a six month ban on evictions in the private-rented sector, Scottish Labour Communities and Equalities Spokesperson Pauline McNeill said:

“ The news that a six month ban on evictions in the private-rented sector will be brought into force is fantastic news for Scotland’s renters and will go some way to easing the minds of many at this stressful time.

“Working together with the Scottish Greens, Scottish Labour has called for this action to be put in place as soon as possible and we are delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has listened to our call.

“While we welcome today’s announcement, Scottish Labour is clear: there must be rent breaks put in place immediately and the Scottish and UK governments must spell out how they will help those in arrears at the end of this crisis.

“The coronavirus pandemic is the greatest challenge we have faced in generations. It is vital that the Scottish and UK governments do all they can to protect those at risk of eviction and homelessness in this time of crisis.”
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