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New Legislation for Private Landlords in Wales

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (’the Act’) (passed six years ago) will be coming into force on 15 July 2022. This Act will fundamentally change the current system for letting residential dwellings in Wales.

The change has been introduced to simplify the letting process and make it easier for contract-holders (the new name for tenants under the Act) and landlords by having one overarching Act in place which sets out the parties’ rights and obligations, as opposed to various pieces of legislation.

The Act covers both social and private landlords. This information provides an overview of the key provisions to assist private landlords in understanding how the legislation will affect them. This is a high-level summary. More detailed guidance and templates will follow over the coming months. It is anticipated that the Welsh Government will make further changes to the Act, with further supplementary legislation being made. Updates will follow as necessary.

1) Occupation Contracts (new forms of tenancy agreement). This is broken down into:

    a. General overview

    b. Terms of the occupation contract

    c. Joint contact-holders and succession

    d. Termination

2) New Deposit Scheme

3) Landlord’s repair obligations and fitness for human habitation

    a. Landlord’s repair obligations

    b. Fitness for human habitation

    c. Limits on the landlord’s obligations

Property Buy e.g. Lease, Licence and Tenancy & Letting Documents and much more.
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