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Eviction laws to resume on Boxing Day

Emergency regulations to end later this month

Tenants could be evicted if behind on their rent from Boxing Day.

It's as a law brought in through emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic ends.

Despite the lack of community transmission and social distancing on the Island, a Douglas Councillor believes the impact of the pandemic is still being felt.

Devon Watson says the effect on the retail sector in particular could leave some struggling to pay their rent:

Policy and Reform Minister Ray Harmer says support is still available for those facing hardship:

You can hear Local Democracy Reporter Chris Cave's full report below:

The Office of Fair Trading says it will be able to offer help and advice to those who may find themselves facing eviction as a result.

It offers a free debt counselling service to give independent and confidential advice.

David Oldfield of OFT says the change in legislation will likely drive a spike in demand:

The Debt Counselling Service can be contacted by emailing debt@gov.im or calling 686500.  

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