Renting Homes Wales Act: What This Means for You
The way you rent is changing… for tenants and landlords.
The Renting Homes Act, which Welsh Government plans to bring into place from 15th July 2022, is the biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades.
Who is affected by the new law?
All social and private tenants will see some changes in the way their contracts are provided, in the way their homes are maintained, and to how they communicate with their landlords.
All social and private landlords, including those who rent their properties through management companies or agents, will need to comply with this new law and make the necessary updates to their homes and paperwork.
What does the new law mean for you?
Under the new law, tenants will become ‘contract-holders’ and tenancy agreements will be replaced with ‘occupation contracts’.
The new law will make renting easier and provide greater security.
For contract-holders this will mean:
- receiving a written contract setting out your rights and responsibilities
- an increase in the ‘no fault’ notice period from two to six months
- greater protection from eviction
- improved succession rights, these set out who has a right to continue to live in a dwelling, for example after the current tenant dies
- more flexible arrangements for joint contract-holders, making it easier to add or remove others to an occupation contract
What to do next
Welsh Government wants this transition to be as smooth as possible for everyone and it is important you know what the changes mean for you.
Find out more: www.gov.wales/housing-law-changing-renting-homes