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


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’) came into force on 01 December 2022 and fundamentally changed the system for letting residential dwellings in Wales. 

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. 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

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