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Guidance on Terminating Standard Occupation Contracts


The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (‘the Act’) came into force on 01 December 2022, fundamentally changing the way a landlord can regain possession of a private rented dwelling in Wales.

Sections 8 and 21 of the Housing Act 1988 no longer apply in Wales. Welsh landlords are able to evict on a ‘no-fault’ basis, but only where the contract is periodic.

This guidance provides an overview of how a fixed term or periodic standard occupation contract can be terminated with a court order. The guidance also contains a helpful summary table of possession claims, looking at the grounds for possession, whether the grounds are mandatory or discretionary, and the notice periods which apply for making a possession claim on each ground.

The guidance also looks at how standard occupation contracts can be terminated without a court order.  The guidance includes the changes for converted periodic occupation contracts for new possession steps since 1 June 2023 in terms of the form of notice and notice periods required.

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