Periodic standard contracts

  • A periodic standard occupation contract is a type of renting agreement usually given by private landlord     
  • If you have a periodic standard contract, your landlord does not always need to provide a reason if they want to evict you
  • Your landlord can only evict you by giving you a valid notice and getting a court order 

If you moved into your home before 1 December 2022 the information below does not apply to you. Please visit our converted contracts advice section.

This page explains your rights if you have a periodic standard occupation contract with a private landlord. It covers the rights you have to live in your home without interference and to get repairs done.

Do I have a periodic standard contract? 

A periodic standard contract is one of 2 types of occupation contracts that private landlords can give. ‘Periodic’ means that your contract is not for a fixed period of time, but continues from one rental period to the next. The other type of contract a private landlord can give is a fixed term standard contract. 

In some situations you can rent from a private landlord and not have a periodic or fixed term standard contract. Please see here for these exceptions. 

What information should I be given at the start of my contract?  

Your landlord must give you a written contract within 14 days of your contract starting. The contract will explain your rights and the responsibilities that you and your landlord have. It must also contain certain information.  If your landlord doesn’t give you the written contract or the information in it is wrong, find out what you can do here.

You should also be given:   

 

If your landlord has not provided the above information, they may not be able to evict you using a ‘no fault’ notice. If your landlord has given you an eviction notice get help.

Can I be evicted?  

If you have a periodic standard contract, your landlord can only evict you by giving you written notice and getting a possession order from the county court.    

Your landlord doesn’t need to provide a reason to end a periodic standard occupation contract. This is usually referred to as a ‘no fault’ eviction.  

To use the ‘no fault’ procedure your landlord must have given you certain information, and complied with deposit protection and licensing rules. Your landlord is also not allowed to evict you just because you asked for repairs  to be done in your home. 

For more information, see our advice about eviction of periodic standard contract-holders.

Get help if you have received a notice from your landlord.

Illegal eviction 

If your landlord tries to evict you without getting a court order it may be a criminal offence. Your local council should help if you have been illegally evicted or harassed by your landlord. You may also be able to get a court order to force your landlord to allow you back into the property. Get help urgently if you are in this situation.

What are the rules on rent and rent increases? 

Paying rent 

You must pay the rent that you agreed with your landlord. If you don’t pay your rent your landlord can take court action to evict you

Read your contract to see what it says about how the rent should be paid. If your rent is due weekly your landlord has to provide a rent book. 

Rent increases 

If your landlord wants to increase your rent they have to give you 2 months’ written notice on a RHW12 form. They can only increase your rent once a year.  

It is difficult to challenge rent increases when renting from a private landlord. Get help if you are thinking about challenging a rent increase.

 

Your rent should always be your top financial priority as you could lose your home if you get into rent arrears. If you are claiming benefits or have a low income, you may be able to claim housing benefit or Universal Credit housing costs to help with the rent.

Can my landlord change my contract? 

Your contract can only be changed if you agree. Terms that can be changed are:  

If you agree to changes to any fundamental, supplementary or additional term, your landlord should give you a ‘written statement of variation’, or a new written contract in full, including the change, within 14 days. If your landlord fails to provide you with either of these, get help. 

If your landlord wants to vary your contract, they might choose to evict you if you do not agree to the variation. Get help if you are unsure. 

For more information about terms that apply to periodic standard occupation contracts, and fundamental terms that can’t be changed, see our advice about fundamental terms and supplementary terms.  

Should my landlord be registered? 

Yes. Every private landlord in Wales should be registered with the Rent Smart Wales scheme. In addition, landlords who self-manage those properties, or agents who have been appointed by the landlord, must have a license. 

You can check if your landlord and/or agent is registered or licensed by searching the public register. If they are not registered and/or licensed they might be committing a criminal offence and could face penalties. See our pages on landlord registration and licensing for more information.

Who is responsible for repairs? 

Your landlord is responsible for ensuring that the property is fit to live in and kept in good repair. This includes dealing with: 

  • problems with the roof, guttering, windows, doors and brickwork  
  • plumbing, gas and electricity. 

Your landlord should give you information about what repairs you are responsible for, which usually includes internal decoration and putting right any damage you cause. 

If your home needs repairs, report the problem to your landlord straight away. Your landlord should carry out the necessary repairs within a reasonable time after they are made aware of them. 

Find out more about repairs if you have a private landlord here.

Your right to live in your home without interference 

You have the right to live in your home without interference from the landlord or anyone acting on their behalf. If your landlord tries to do this s/he may be guilty of harassment, which is against the law. To find out more about what you can do if your landlord is harassing you, read our advice about harassment and illegal eviction. 

Getting other people to live with you 

You should check your occupation contract to see if you can allow other people to live with you. Usually you will be allowed ‘permitted occupiers’ (for example a partner) but your contract might not permit you to take in a lodger or sublet any of the property.

Can I add a joint contract-holder? 

Your contract should give you the right to add a joint contract-holder if your landlord agrees. This is a fundamental term of secure, periodic standard and fixed term standard contracts. Find out more here. 

Can I transfer my contract to someone else? 

You can’t usually transfer a periodic standard contract someone else. Even if your contract allows you to transfer to someone else, it is likely to require the consent of the landlord to do so.

Can I pass on my contract when I die? 

As a periodic standard contract-holder, there are rules about who the contract can be passed on to. The legal process for passing your contract on when you die is called ‘succession’. The rules for succession rights can be complicated.

How can I end my occupation contract? 

If you want to end your periodic standard occupation contract and leave your home you should give the landlord the correct notice in writing. The minimum length of notice you should give your landlord is 4 weeks.

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This page was last updated on: February 18, 2023

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