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Ending your tenancy

If you want to leave your rented home, it is important that you end your tenancy agreement correctly. You usually have to give written notice to your landlord if you want to end your tenancy. The type and amount of notice you have to give depends on the type of agreement you have.

Money Matters

Living on your own can be expensive. It’s important to budget and think carefully about what you can afford. Use the Money Advice Service budget planner to help you.

Setting up your first home

Setting up your first home is a big step. Make sure you think everything through carefully before moving in and paying any money over. Who will you rent from? Will you live alone or share with others? How will you pay for the rent and bills?

Sofa Surfing

You don’t have to be sleeping on the streets to be homeless. If you are staying with friends or family and have no place to call your own, you are probably experiencing ‘hidden homelessness’ and entitled to help. It is important that you speak to someone you trust and get help to find somewhere safe to live.

Prison leavers

If you are going into prison or already in prison, it’s important that you sort out any housing issues so you don’t have problems when you are released.

Supported housing

Living in supported housing means you might be able to; get help with day to day activities, like paying your bills or shopping, plan for living on your own, have someone to talk to.

Care Leavers

Leaving care and getting your own place is a big step. You might feel excited but also worried and a bit unsettled. Being well prepared can help make sure your move and your time in your new place goes well.

Young parents

If you are a young parent, you may be able to get some help with housing and apply for benefits to help pay your bills.


Young people in Wales have had to make big changes to their lives because of coronavirus. It is okay to feel frightened and worried. There is still lots of help and support available – we’ve given the details of national organisations that can help you below. Keep up to date with current coronavirus advice in Wales on Meic and Gov.Wales


Many people are worried about coronavirus and how it could affect their housing. Click on the topics below to help work out what it means for you.

Understanding your tenancy

If you rent your home, you probably have a tenancy agreement with your landlord. A tenancy is a contract with your landlord which sets out both your rights and responsibilities. It is important that you keep to the terms of your tenancy.

Emergency Help

If you have nowhere to stay, don’t panic. Get advice as soon as you can. The council’s housing department should be your first stop. If you are homeless the council will have to provide you with some help and advice and might have to find you somewhere to stay.

I’ve been kicked out

If you’ve got nowhere to go, don’t panic. You may be able to get some help with housing. If you having problems with your family or carers and you have been asked to leave, mediation or counselling might be able to help you talk things through. It’s important that you get help and advice as soon as possible to find somewhere safe to live.

Going to the council

If you are homeless or in danger of losing your home in the next 56 days your local council’s homelessness team will probably have to help you. You do not have to be sleeping on the street to get help.

Advice for young people

Setting up your first home. Getting your own place for the first time is a big step. Have a look at the things you need to think about.

Holding deposits

Holding deposits A holding deposit is a payment to a landlord or letting agent to reserve a property. You should only pay a holding deposit if you are serious about taking on a tenancy. From the 28 February 2020, a landlord or agent cannot ask you to pay a holding deposit for a property in [...]

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 On the 15 July 2022, the rules about renting a home in Wales will change as the Welsh Government implements the provisions of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act (2016). The Act introduces lots of changes to tenancy laws in Wales and it is intended that the changes will make it [...]

Letting fees

Letting fees Most letting fees for tenants in Wales are banned. Find out what you can do if you have been charged a banned letting fee. Letting fees ban The letting fees ban applies to new assured shorthold tenancies in Wales entered into on or after the 1st September 2019. It applies to both private [...]

How to find a place to rent privately

How to find a private rented home Find out how to find a place to rent privately and what to consider when thinking about where to rent. How to find a private rented home Search online Many landlords and letting agencies advertise online. Popular national websites include: Rightmove Zoopla Spareroom Gumtree You may also find [...]

Eviction by the bailiff

Eviction by the bailiff The third, and final, step in the eviction process is for your landlord to arrange for court bailiffs to evict you. CORONAVIRUS UPDATEThe ban on bailiffs in Wales carrying out evictions during the Covid-19 pandemic has ended. Bailiffs are now able to evict you from your home regardless of the reason [...]

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This page was last updated on: January 6, 2021

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