Renting Homes Wales Act

About the Renting Home Wales Act

On December 1st 2022 the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 changed the way all landlords in Wales rent their properties, improving how we rent, manage, and live in rented homes in Wales.  

All social and private tenants will see some changes: 

  • in the way their contracts are provided 
  • in the way their homes are maintained 
  • to how they communicate with their landlords 

All social and private landlords, including those who rent their properties through management companies or agents, will need to: 

  • comply with the new law 
  • make the necessary updates to their properties and paperwork 

Under the new law, tenants and licencees are now known as 'contract-holders' and landlords must replace the old tenancy agreements with 'occupation contracts'. 

The new law will make renting easier and provide greater security for tenants. 

Landlords must ensure that their contract-holders (formerly known as tenants) 

  • Receive a written contract setting out rights and responsibilities; 
  • Increase the ‘no fault’ notice period from two to six months; 
  • Offer increased protection from eviction; 
  • Improve succession rights, these set out who has a right to continue to live in a dwelling, for example after the current tenant dies; 
  • Offer more flexible arrangements for joint contract-holders, making it easier to add or remove others to an occupation contract. 

For landlords, this will mean 

  • A simpler system, with two types of contract: ‘Secure’ for the social rented sector and ‘Standard’ for the private rented sector; 
  • Ensuring homes are fit for human habitation (FFHH). This will include, electrical safety testing and ensuring working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are fitted; 
  • Abandoned properties can be repossessed without needing a court order.