Amendment to renting homes bill bring greater security for tenants in Wales

Posted by LindaStenner on February 26, 2021

Amendment to renting homes bill bring greater security for tenants in Wales

February 26, 2021 at 8:58 AM

New regulations are expected to come into force for private landlords in Autumn 2021 as the Welsh Government looks to provide greater security for people who rent residential properties in Wales, particularly those in the private rented sector.

The Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill 2016, if enacted, will create two forms of residential occupation: Standard Contracts, largely for use by private sector landlords and Secure Contracts giving security of tenure, for use mainly by social housing providers.

Standard Contracts will replace assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) for new lettings commencing after the amended 2016 Act is brought fully into force and the regulations will also apply to existing arrangements. ASTs and Assured Tenancies already in place when the provisions are brought in will be converted into Standard Contracts but their terms will continue to apply where they do not conflict with the new rules.

The Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill will result in changes regarding no-fault possession. For instance, a landlord will be able to serve a notice requiring possession on no-fault grounds, with the minimum notice period extended from two to six months effectively creating a minimum 12 month letting period.

For specific short term rentals no-fault possession on two months’ notice will still be permitted, such as for service occupancy arrangements, student accommodation and temporary lets.

Also, shorter notice periods are to be available where a Tenant is at fault. One month applies to the general “breach of contract” notice period but this can be subject to court challenge by the Tenant . The notice period will be two weeks for serious rent arrears where more than two months’ rent is overdue.

In addition, the Landlord will need to comply with various requirements before a valid notice can be served, such as ensuring that an appropriate written statement of contract is provided to the contract holder and in respect of deposit provisions.

For further details visit Senedd Wales website or contact Eifion Bibby at the Colwyn Bay office of Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01492 510360, email eifionbibby@dmpcuk.com

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