A summary of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016
A summary of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

The following Property practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • A summary of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016
  • A simpler way to rent property in Wales
  • The contract
  • Tenancies that may be occupation contracts
  • Tenancies that can never be occupation contracts
  • Fit for human habitation
  • Succession and survivorship
  • Abandonment
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Subletting
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation and changes to practice and procedure in the courts and tribunals have been introduced, which affect the following:

  1. proceedings for possession

  2. forfeiture of business leases on the grounds of non-payment of rent

  3. a landlord's right to exercise Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) and enforcement agents taking control of goods

  4. service of various notices to recover possession of residential properties

  5. practice and procedure in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)

  6. insolvency legislation of both a permanent and temporary nature

For further information and guidance, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property.

A simpler way to rent property in Wales

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (RH(W)A 2016), received Royal Assent on 18th January 2016. The majority of RH(W)A 2016 is not yet in force.

RH(W)A 2016 substantially reforms the way in which properties in both the public and private sectors are let in Wales. Its aim is to make the process simpler and easier, and to provide flexibility and transparency. RH(W)A 2016 will replace various and complex pieces of existing legislation with one clear legal framework.

The contract

RH(W)A 2016 replaces nearly all current tenancies and licences with a new ‘occupation contract’, of which there will be two types:

  1. secure contracts—these are periodic contracts and are modelled on the current secure tenancy issued by Local Authorities (ie community landlord/social housing)

  2. standard

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