Consultation response: Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 – Improving security of tenure by increasing the period of notice

Oct 2022

Consultation response

Summary:
We have submitted our response to the Welsh Government's consultation about plans to extend the six-month notice period landlords are required to give to apply to existing tenancies. Shelter Cymru supports increasing the notice period for pre-existing tenancies from two months to six months as soon as the Renting Homes (Wales) Act comes into force on 1 December 2022. We are pleased that the Welsh Government has championed the benefits of longer notice periods - allowing more time to find alternative accommodation locally in our pressurised housing market, for moves to be planned and disruption to family life and finances to be minimised. Our own caseload has seen a 114% increase in “no fault” section 21 eviction notices since last year. We are constantly hearing how difficult it is to find alternative homes - both for individual households and for local authorities seeking to assist them. Private renters in Wales face a perfect storm: The existing housing supply emergency, where social housing is like gold dust and ownership is a long way out of reach; the highest rent increase levels outside of London; and a further squeeze on budgets from rising bills. We believe that certainty for all renters is needed now more than ever and should be introduced as soon as possible.

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