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Posted 26.5.22

Renting Homes (Wales) Act FAQs




What is the Renting Homes (Wales) Act?  

In 2016, the Senedd (Welsh Government) passed the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 with the aim of making it simpler and easier for landlords and tenants to rent a home in Wales.   


The Act is the biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades and has been planned by Welsh Government for a while 


It introduces many changes to tenancy laws and will apply to both social landlords (like Cynon Taf Community Housing) and the private rented sector.   


The changes brought by the Act have been scrutinised by tenant organisations such as TPAS Cymru and Shelter Cymru. 

 

When will it happen?   

The Act will apply from December 2022.  

 

What’s the purpose of the Act?  

It simplifies tenancy agreements and aims to improve the condition of rented homes in Wales, as well as offering greater security and certainty to tenants and landlords in terms of their housing rights and responsibilities  

 

Who does it affect?  

·       All landlords: private and social  

·       All tenants: private and social  

 

Why is it happening?  

·       To make it easier to rent a home in Wales 

·       To improve the condition of rental homes across Wales 

·       To improve the consistency of housing standards

·       To give people living in rented homes, as well as landlords, better security 

What is changing?  

·       Under the new law a ‘Tenancy Agreement’ will in future be known as an ‘Occupation Contract’ and a ‘Tenant’ will be known as a ‘Contract Holder’   

·       As a tenant you will get increased security, 6 months’ notice will need to be given by your landlord if you are legally required to leave your home, as long as the contract has not been breached.  

·       All properties must be safe, with landlords being responsible for measures such as the provision of of smoke alarms and electrical safety testing.  

·       A fair and consistent approach will be taken to anti-social behaviour.  

·       Increased succession rights to pass on your home. This means in some circumstances, you can pass your home or Contract onto other people after your death. For example, you can ask for your home to be passed onto your partner. 

·       A contract holder can be added or removed to an agreement without the need to end the contract which has often been what happened in the past

·       Landlords will be able to repossess abandoned properties without a court order  

 

 

 

What does it mean for me as a tenant?   

It simplifies and improves your rights as a tenant and improves how landlords manage rented homes in Wales  

 

How will it affect me?  

·       Existing Cynon Taf Community Housing tenants will receive an what is called a ‘Statement of Terms’ of their new Occupation Contract within 6 months of December 2022, replacing their current Tenancy Agreement.  

·       New tenants from December 2022 will be signed up on the new Occupation Contract when they move in and will receive a copy within 14 days.   

 

Is it going to cost me money or have an effect on my rent?  

No, this has no effect on your rent and it won’t cost you any money.  

 

What do I need to do? 

We would like to send you your Contract and any related correspondence electronically in future. This is because we are reducing our carbon footprint and printing less paper is better for the environment. It also saves money on print and postage, which can be reinvested into providing quicker, better services for you. To give us permission, please call us on 0345 260 2633

 

Once you get your Contract please read it and familiarise yourself with it. Your Contract will explain what you can and can’t do as a tenant, and what Cynon Taf Community Housing can and can’t do as a landlord.  

 

Where can I find out more?  

 https://gov.wales/housing-law-changing-renting-homes 

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