Longer eviction notices to apply in Wales from July



Landlords in Wales will have to give tenants six months’ notice permanently from July 15th, when the Renting Homes Act comes into effect.

This will apply to no fault evictions where tenants haven’t failed to pay the rent or committed any anti-social behaviour.

The six months rule will mark a continuation of the current policy, which was introducing during Covid and has been extended until the middle of March.

Under the terms of the upcoming rules, tenants will be given a minimum one-year ‘secure tenancy’ from their moving in date and will be referred to as ‘contract holders’, which in practice means they are guaranteed to have a tenure of at least a year unless they are at fault.

The act contains measures aiming to eliminate retaliatory evictions, where tenants complain about repairs and are subsequently evicted.

Chris Norris, director of policy & campaigns at the National Residential Landlords Association, said: “With the Welsh government now moving forward with its plans to implement the Renting Homes Wales Act, there is still a pressing need for more clarity as to what the supporting framework of the Act looks like.

“The extent of landlords’ future obligations under this legislation also underlines how crucial it is that existing legislation be made fit for purpose before new regulations are introduced.

“While we welcome the introduction of the Act, it is vital that the supporting legislation is fit for purpose and scrutinised sufficiently. In particular, the occupation contract terms, which all landlords must use, needs to improve significantly from its original consultation draft.

“These important steps must be taken before more complex regulations are introduced by the Welsh Government over the course of this year.”

Daryl McIntosh, policy manager at Propertymark, commented: “Communication and education will be key to the success of the new tenancy regime that the Renting Homes (Wales) Act brings.

“The changes could be problematic if agents are not well versed, and we would suggest that agents prepare well in advance of July which is something we will be supporting our members through.

“It remains to be seen how the changes to notice periods will affect the choices of both landlords and tenants as their access to flexibility is restricted.”

 

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