Do you rent property in Wales?

If you rent property in Wales, whether in the public or private sector, you might know the Renting Homes (Wales) Act was due to come into force on 15 July.

This has now been postponed until 1 December 2022.

What’s changing? 

By introducing a single clear framework, the Act gives more protection to tenants and contract-holders, and is the biggest change to housing law in decades. Landlords and letting agents need to ensure their properties meet the new fitness standards set out in the legislation, familiarise themselves with the subordinate legislation (due next month), and prepare new occupation contracts for their tenants / contract-holders. 

Why the delay? 

The postponement means that landlords and agents get more time to prepare (especially useful for those who have many properties), while the Welsh Government gets more time to produce other regulations, guidance and transition provisions that may be necessary. 

Key timings

  • The Act received Royal assent in 2016
  • The original July implementation date was announced in January 2022
  • Subordinate legislation is due to be announced in July 2022
  • The new implementation date is 1 December 2022

What next?

For more information, please contact our specialist team on 01938 552545.

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