What is the Renting Homes Wales Act 2016?
This legislation came into force on 1st December 2022 and applies to all private rented properties in Wales. In particular, changing -
- property standards;
- grounds for possession and notice periods;
- prescribed information for occupants;
- how agreements are ended by occupants;
As part of these changes, private landlords in Wales can no longer use tenancy agreements when they let their properties. Instead, they must use Standard Occupation Contracts when starting an agreement. As a result, you as a landlord need to change your agreements and comply with the latest requirements.
Many of the terms within the contracts are required by law and landlords must provide an accurate written statement of the occupation contract (including any required clauses) or face penalties. This means it is essential that you use this new type of contract from 1 December instead of an AST.
If you already had tenants in place before 1 December, then the contract is a converted contract. You are given until May 30 2023 to issue an updated statement to them.
How do I meet the requirements of the legislation?
For more information on the new requirements and how to meet them please use the following link https://www.nrla.org.uk/wales/renting-homes-wales-act
Where can I find more information?
For more information including FAQS please use the following link https://www.nrla.org.uk/wales/renting-homes-wales-act-faqs
Where can I find training on this topic?
The NRLA offer a multitude of courses for our members to increase their knowledge and improve their skills as a landlord. You can find training on Renting Homes Wales and other topics. You can attend these courses in a classroom, eClassroom or eLearning depending on your preference.