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Welsh Government Prescribed Form of a Fixed Term Occupation Contract

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

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This Model Written Statement of a Fixed Term Standard Occupation Contract is the model written statement prescribed by the Welsh Government which incorporates all the fundamental and supplementary provisions applicable to a fixed term standard occupation contract (without modification).

From the 01 December 2022, (when the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (‘the Act’) comes into force), private landlords and letting agents will grant new standard occupation contracts (which replace most tenancies and licences in Wales) from this date. Existing tenancies and licences which are caught by the Act will convert to standard occupation contracts automatically on the 01 December 2022. The Act had been due to come into force on 15 July 2022 but has been delayed to give landlords time to comply with the changes, and for the Welsh Government to introduce supporting legislation. 

This model written statement can be used by private landlords and letting agents in Wales as the basis for creating a new fixed term standard occupation contract. A landlord and contract-holder may wish to modify and omit certain terms, but this must be done in accordance with the Act. Additional terms can also be added but these must not conflict with the fundamental and supplementary terms of the contract.

The model written statement of contract does not have to be used but the contract used must comply with the provisions of the Act.

Standard occupation contracts are the contracts which will most commonly be used by private landlords. There are two types of standard occupation contract; 1) periodic; and 2) fixed term.

A fixed term occupation contract means it initially lasts for a specified period of time agreed between the landlord and contract-holder. If the contract-holder remains in occupation of the dwelling after the end of the fixed term, the parties are to be treated as having made a new periodic standard occupation contract in relation to the dwelling.

The new Welsh laws are complex. Customers should refer to the Guidance on Standard Occupation Contracts for use by private landlords and letting agents in Wales for 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. The guidance (mentioned above) should be referred to alongside this Fixed Term Standard Occupation Contract.

This written statement may also be obtained from the Welsh Government’s website.

Crown copyright in this model written statement is acknowledged and contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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