Landlord Update: New Laws Impacting Wales Rentals

Rental Rules in Wales Shake Up

The biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades has come into force, attempting to bring greater transparency and consistency to renting a home. The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will attempt to improve how homes in Wales are rented, managed, and lived in. The new rules are set to replace existing legislation with a clearer legal framework, where contract-holders in Wales gain greater security than in any other part of the UK.

Main changes include:

  • landlords to provide copy of occupation contract (rights/responsibilities of both parties)
  • ‘no-fault’ notice goes from 2-6 months for new/existing tenants from June 1, 2023
  • contract-holders get a minimum 12-month security at kick off
  • strengthened duty on landlords to ensure fit for human habitation, installation of smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, regular electrical safety testing.
  • addressing ‘retaliatory eviction’ (notice when ask for repairs or note poor conditions)
  • consistency on eviction regarding antisocial behaviour/domestic violence.

See: Ambitious new law that ‘transforms the rented sector in Wales’  GOV.WALES

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