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Guidance for Welsh Landlords and Letting Agents on the changes under the Renting Homes Act and supporting legislation

April 2022

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (‘the Act’) which is coming into force 15 July 2022 will fundamentally change the current system for letting residential dwellings in Wales.

A new group has been created, for private residential landlords and letting agents in Wales. The group currently contains a number of guidance notes on the key aspects of the Act to assist private landlords and letting agents in navigating their way through, and preparing for, these changes. It is important that landlords and letting agents in Wales understand these changes and start preparing so they are ready when the changes come into force.

Also included are the model written statements for a periodic standard occupation and a fixed term standard occupation, published by the Welsh Government. These should be read alongside the Guidance on Standard Occupation Contracts for use by private landlords and letting agents in Wales, which has further information on occupation contracts, how the model written statements are to be used and when a written statement is to be provided to avoid being in breach of the Act.

- Overview of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 and supporting legislation

- Guidance on Standard Occupation Contracts for use by private landlords and letting agents in Wales

- Model Written Statement of a Periodic Standard Occupation Contract

- Model Written Statement of a Fixed Term Standard Occupation Contract for a term of less than seven years

- Guidance on Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 for Residential Landlords and Letting Agents

- Guidance on Deposits and Deposit Schemes (Wales)

- Guidance on repair and The Renting Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) (Wales) Regulations 2022

Further documents and templates will be added in due course.

These documents will be reviewed and updated (if necessary) in line with any supplementary legislation or supporting guidance which may be published by the Welsh Government.

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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