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New rules for residential landlords and letting agents in Wales

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

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This Overview of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 and supporting legislation is for private residential landlords and letting agents in Wales. The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (‘the Act’) (in force 15 July 2022) will fundamentally change the current system for letting residential dwellings in Wales.

Although the Act is not yet in force, this overview of the key provisions of the Act which will be useful for private residential landlords and letting agents preparing for these changes.

This note summarises the key provisions of the Act:

1. What is an Occupation Contract?

2. What is a Contract-holder?

3. Overview of Standard Occupation Contracts

4. Terms of an Occupation Contract

5. Variation of Contracts

6. Converting an existing tenancy to a standard occupation contract

7. Joint Contract-holders and Succession

8. Termination of a Standard Occupation Contract

9. New Deposit Scheme for Residential Letting in Wales

10. Landlord’s Repair Obligations Under the Act

11. Fitness for Human Habitation

12. Limits on the Landlord’s Obligations Under the Act

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

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