What is the Renting Homes Act Wales?

What is the Renting Homes Act Wales? 

  • In 2016, the Senedd passed the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 with the aim of making it simpler and easier for landlords and tenants to rent a home in Wales.  
  • It introduces many changes to tenancy laws and will apply to both social and private rented sectors.  

When will it happen?  

  • This will happen from  1 December 2022 onwards. 

What’s the purpose of the Renting Home Act? 

  • Simplifies agreements and improves the condition of rental homes in Wales 
  • Offers greater security and certainty to tenants and landlords 

Who does it affect? 

  • All Landlords – private and social 
  • All Tenants – private and social 

Why is it happening? 

  • To make it simpler and easier for landlords and tenants to rent a home in Wales.  

What is changing? 

  • New terminology will be used e.g. Tenancy agreement will be know as an Occupation Contract and Tenant as Contract Holder  
  • Tenancy Agreements will be replaced by Occupation Contracts 
  • Increase security – 6 months’ notice will need to be given as long as the contract is not breached. 
  • All properties must be safe – such as working smoke alarms and electrical safety testing. 
  • A fair and consistent approach to anti-social behaviour. 
  • Increase Succession rights to pass on your home. 
  • Contract Holder can be added or removed without the need to end the contract. 
  • Landlords will be able to repossess Abandoned properties without a court order 

What does it mean for me as a tenant?  

  • Simplify and improve your rights as a tenant.  
  • Improve how landlords manage rented homes in Wales 

How will it affect me? 

  • Existing tenants will receive a contract within 6 months of the 1 December replacing your Tenancy Agreement. 
  • New tenants after the 1 December will sign the new contract in the usual way and will receive a copy within 14 days.  
  • Contracts offer you a greater security and certainty.  

Is it going to cost me money or have an effect on my rent? 

  • No, this has no effect on your rent or cost you any money. 

What do I need to do? / Is there anything I need to do?  

  • The only thing you will need to do is read your contract and familiarise yourself with your rights and responsibilities. 

These changes have been planned by Welsh Government for some time and have been scrutinised and supported by tenant organisations such as TPAS Cymru and Shelter Cymru.