The way you rent has changed…
for tenants and landlords.
The Renting Homes Act is the biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades, and affects all our tenants, but we are here to support you every step of the way.
The Welsh Government’s Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 came into force on 1 December 2022, and changed the way all landlords in Wales rent their properties. It improves how we rent, manage, and live in rented homes – which is good news for all tenants across Wales.
Have a look at the Welsh Government’s video, where they explain the changes.
What does the new law mean for me?
Under the new law, tenants and licencees have become ‘contract-holders’. Tenancy agreements have been replaced with ‘occupation contracts’.
The new law makes renting easier and provide greater security for all tenants. This means:
- Receiving a written contract setting out your rights and responsibilities
- An increase in the ‘no fault’ notice period from two to six months
- Greater protection for you from eviction
- Improved succession rights to pass on your home
- More flexible arrangements for joint contract-holders, making it easier to add or remove others to an occupation contract
Find out more
From March 2023 MHA tenants will start receiving their new Contract, (along with an Extra Information Guide explaining what the Contract means) which will replace your existing Tenancy Agreement.
Please be aware they will arrive in stages to different addresses at different times, so please don’t worry if your neighbour receives theirs before you. There is no need to sign the Contract and return to us.
We’ve put together an FAQs to help answer any queries you may have: Renting Homes Wales Act (Wales) FAQs.
To find out more about the new legislation and how it impacts on both tenants and landlords, have a look at the Welsh Government’s website below.
Here’s an Easy Read version: Renting Homes: Changes to housing laws (gov.wales)
We know change can be difficult for most people and housing law is not the easiest to navigate, so please rest assured we are here to support you.
If you would like to talk through the changes, please Contact Us