Housing charities have welcomed a proposal for a six-month extension to Scotland’s ban on evicting renters amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the ban, due to end in September, should now run until March 2021.
Charity Crisis said the move showed “real leadership,” whilst Shelter said the “decisive action” would help thousands of renters.
A similar ban in England and Wales is due to end later this month.
In England, ministers have said allowing eviction hearings to resume is an important step towards protecting landlords’ rights.
The Welsh Government has announced a £8m loan scheme for private sector tenants who have built up rent arrears during the pandemic.
The ban on new evictions in England and Wales, for both social and private renters, is now due to be lifted on 23 August.
It was originally due to finish at the end of June before being extended for two months.
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