Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 : Renting is changing

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On 1 December 2022 the rules about how you rent your home will change.

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The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 should make renting a home in Wales more simple and straightforward.

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There will be some changes to familiar terms (for example, tenants will be known as ‘contract holders’).

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The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 sets out new rules which affect both private and social (council and housing association) tenants. The rules will affect you if: 

  • you currently rent your home and intend to stay in your home after the 1 December 2022, or  
  • you plan to start renting a home after the 1 December 2022.  

The rules should help prevent some of the problems that tenants currently face. 

Most current tenancies and licences, including assured shorthold, assured and secure tenancies, will change to: 

  • secure occupation contracts, or 
  • standard occupation contracts

The type of occupation contract you get depends on who the property is owned by. 

Tenants will be known as ‘contract holders’. 

Landlords will be divided into: 

  • community landlords (council and housing associations) 
  • private landlords

Community landlords will usually give secure occupation contracts. 

Private landlords will usually give standard occupation contracts. 

There will be some terms that have to be included in every occupation contract. 

Landlords will have to issue contract holders with a written statement within 14 days of moving in, setting out the rights and responsibilities.  

Any landlord who does not give a complete or correct written statement in the right time can face penalties. 

The rules about how a landlord can end an occupation contract will change. For example: 

the notice period that a landlord will have to give a contract holder under ‘no fault’ grounds (currently commonly known as a ‘section 21 notice‘) will be 6 months

a landlord will not be able to give such a notice until 6 months after the contract starts 

a landlord will not be able to give such a notice unless they have complied with certain obligations, including registration, licensing, deposit protection rules and health & safety provisions.

All rented properties will have to be fit for human habitation.  

Your landlord will not be able to evict you just because you have complained about the condition of the property .

A joint contract holder will be able to move out without the contract ending for the remaining joint contract holders. 

New joint contract holders will be able to be added without having to end the current contract. 

It will be easier for certain groups of people, including some carers, to take over a person’s occupation contract on their death (‘succession’). 

There will be a new procedure for landlords to obtain possession of a property that has been abandoned. 

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This page was last updated on: June 6, 2022

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