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Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

In summary

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 is due to undergo implementation, or commencement, in Spring 2022. Once commenced, the majority of residential tenancies in Wales will convert to new occupation contracts, including the vast majority of those currently held by housing association tenants.

In addition to converting existing tenancies to occupation contracts, the Act will provide people renting their homes in Wales with additional rights, including:

  • The ability to seek improved redress if their homes is believed to be unfit for human habitation

  • Enhanced protection from eviction, including longer notice periods in some situations

  • Improved residency rights in supported accommodation

  • Ability to request to add and remove joint contract holders without the need to create a new contract

The Act also changes housing management practices for landlord, including:

  • A new procedure for the recovery of abandoned homes without the need for a court order

  • Additional tools for the management of supported accommodation

We are supporting housing associations to prepare for commencement in Spring 2022 and ensuring that Welsh government and key stakeholders are aware of issues relating to the Act so that they can be resolved prior to commencement.

How we develop this area of work

Our Renting Homes (Wales) Act member implementation group provides a forum to inform this area of work and is meeting regularly prior to commencement.

The housing management, communications & external affairs and safety strategic delivery groups also play a key part in our strategic approach to this area.

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