What is the Renting Homes (Wales) Act?

In 2016, the Senedd passed the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016. The aim of the act is to make things simpler and easier for landlords and residents when renting a home in Wales. The act applies to both private and social housing landlords.

When will it happen?

The Act will apply from 1st December 2022 onwards.

What changes will the act bring?

  • Residents will be known as ‘contract holders’.
  • Tenancy agreements will be replaced with ‘occupation contracts’.
  • Bro Myrddin Housing Association will be known as a ‘community landlord’.
  • Succession rights for residents will be enhanced.
  • Abandoned properties can be repossessed without a court order.
  • Adding and removing a contract holder becomes simpler and can be done without the need to end your existing contract.
  • A consistent approach to Anti-social behavior.

When will I receive my new contract?

You will receive your new contract within six months of 1st December 2022. Please note that this contract will replace your tenancy agreement.

Will the act change my rent?

No, you will pay your rent in the usual way.

What do I need to know/ do?

Read your new contract when it is issued to you in December. It is important that you familiarize yourself with your contract as it will explain what you can and can’t do as a resident and what Bro Myrddin can and can’t do as a landlord.

Where can I find more information on the Renting Hones (Wales) Act?

For more information on how the law is changing, please visit Welsh Government’s Renting Homes website https://gov.wales/housing-law-changing-renting-homes