The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 comes into force on 1 December 2022.

The implementation of this Act has an impact on all existing tenancies, all new tenancies after 1st December 2022 along with other obligations on all parties including us as Agents.

We are already working on compliance to ensure that all Landlords and Tenants (Called Occupiers after 1st December) will comply.

Existing tenancies (and licence) will convert automatically to occupation contracts. Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST) will become 'Standard Contracts'.

All new 'contracts' (what we all called tenancies) from 1 December will require a written statement (agreement) within 14 days of occupation, this is a new contract and sets out all of the usual occupancy conditions and obligations.

For all existing tenancies: a written statement of converted contract must be given by 1 June 2023 - issue a new contract within six months of implementation of the Act.

Key features of the 2016 Act

  • Fitness fit for human habitation obligation on landlords
  • Addresses retaliatory eviction
  • More flexible arrangements for joint contracts
  • Increased notice period for a rent increase
  • No mandatory ground for eviction for serious rent arrears in secure contract
  • Enhanced succession rights
  • Simplified procedure to repossess abandoned dwellings
  • Creates a tenure specific to supported accommodation

This page is being updated and intended to assist Landlords and Contract Holders (Tenants)

Last updated 17th November 2022

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