The Renting Homes (Wales) Act is due to come into force on 1 December 2022. If you’re a landlord, you need to know the implications for your residential occupancies in Wales.

What to do

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Key points

Here are a few of the definitions you’ll need to understand.

1. Tenants will be called Contract-holders under the new Act.

2. There are two types of landlord:

Community landlords (Local authority and registered social landlords)

Private landlords (All other landlords)

3. There are two types of contracts: 

Secure contract (for community landlords)

Standard contract (for the private rented sector)

4. There are four terms to be included in occupation contracts:

Key matters: Essential facts of the contract including the names of the parties and address of the property

Fundamental terms: Important aspects such as possession and repair procedures

Supplementary terms: Day-to-day matters such as a contract-holder’s obligation to notify you if the property will be empty for four weeks or more

Additional terms: Anything else, such as the permission to keep a pet

As with all legal matters, every situation is different and there is a lot more to it than that.

For more context, you might like to read (or re-read) our June article: Do you rent property in Wales?

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