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NRLA Wales

The NRLA Wales team is based in Cardiff and represents the interests of private rented sector (PRS) landlords by maintaining good working relationships with the Welsh Government, Members of the Senedd, councillors, Rent Smart Wales, and other stakeholders in the housing sector. We also speak directly to landlords by facilitating select landlord forums.

In using its powers, the Welsh Parliament has passed three signifcant pieces of legislation governing the PRS in the last few years: the requirement to register and/or licence was brought in by the Housing Act 2014; wholescale reform is soon to come into force by the yet-to-be-implemented Renting Homes Act 2016; and the tenant fees were banned in 2019. Currently, the Welsh Government is taking a possession reform Bill through the Senedd which will significantly change the evictions regime in Wales.

NRLA Wales is here at every stage to ensure policymakers are aware of the issues affecting landlords and that their interests are heard as we aim to make the PRS work for both tenants and landlords.

Campaign - Possession Reform

Last year, the Welsh Government announced its intention to reform possession law in Wales. It has decided to press forward with its proposals – which it consulted on last summer – in the form of the Renting Homes (Amendment) Bill. The proposals are:

  • Extend the minimum notice period required under a Section 173 notice – this will replace Section 21 once the Act is commenced – from two months to six months.
  • Restrict the issue of a S173 notice until six months after the date of issue of a contract (as opposed to four months as currently set out in the Act).
  • Restrict the issuing of a S173 notice for six months after the expiry of a previous notice.
  • Remove a landlord’s ability issue a notice, during a fixed term standard contract, to end the contract at the expiry of the fixed term (under S186).
  • Restrict the use and ability to include break clauses in contracts of a certain duration.

The Bill will amend the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 before it is commenced. When the Bill passes, the amended 2016 Act will come into force before the 2021 Welsh Parliament election on 1 April 2021 as the Welsh Government intends.

NRLA Wales Manifesto 2021

With the Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament election approaching on 6 May 2021, NRLA Wales have released their priorities for the next five years. NRLA Wales is committed to working with government, and all of those parties and politicians seeking to represent local communities, to shape legislation that benefits both landlords and tenants while improving standards across the sector. We believe this can happen by:

  1. Streamlining licensing
  2. Supporting landlords and tenants
  3. Improving homes
  4. Introducing a Welsh Housing Survey
  5. Improving justice for landlords and tenants
  6. Rejecting rent controls and Right-to-Rent

Wales Pages

Tenant Fee Ban Toolkit Wales

Last Updated: 29/09/2020

What fees are banned and allowed in Wales

Rent Smart Wales

Last Updated: 13/08/2020

Registration and licensing in Wales

RSW Licence Conditions

Last Updated: 13/08/2020

What is required from you as a licensed landlord. Includes links to agent conditions.

Property Inspections in Wales

Last Updated: 18/08/2020

What is expected of licensed landlords in Wales regarding inspections and template checklists to help.

Pre-Tenancy | Landlord Resources

Last Updated: 11/12/2020

What to prepare before a tenancy

Starting A Tenancy | Landlord Checklist

Last Updated: 28/09/2020

How to start a tenancy

Looking After Your Property | Landlord Resources

Last Updated: 11/12/2020

How best to protect and maitain your property

Section 8 Notices in Wales

Last Updated: 10/11/2020

What you need to know about grounds-based possession

Section 21 Notices (Accelerated Possession) in Wales

Last Updated: 28/09/2020

What you need to know about no-grounds possession

Applying To Court After Serving A Section 21 (wales)

Last Updated: 08/01/2021

What to know when a S21 notice has not worked

Latest news

The latest news on the private rented sector in Wales:

Rent Smart Wales fails accountability and transparency tests

An 'accountability deficit' exists within Rent Smart Wales, the nation's registration and licensing authority for the private rented sector, according to a report published by the NRLA today.

Industry News Calum Davies 11/01/2021
Rent Smart Wales fails accountability and transparency tests

BLOG: Wales enforces "winter truce"

The Welsh Government recently laid regulations to enforce the winter truce that bailiffs and High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEO) have been asked to follow over the Christmas period, from 11 December 2020 to 11 January 2021. In this blog NRLA Wales policy officer Calum Davies explains what landlords in Wales need to know.

Industry News Calum Davies 14/12/2020
BLOG: Wales enforces "winter truce"

Time for a fairer private rented sector, say Welsh landlords

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) Wales has released its manifesto for the forthcoming election, explaining that only when the private rented sector (PRS) is regarded as part of the solution to the housing crisis can landlords and tenants prosper.

Industry News Calum Davies 10/12/2020
Time for a fairer private rented sector, say Welsh landlords

NRLA Wales launches 2021 manifesto

This week NRLA Wales launched its manifesto ahead of the Welsh Parliament election next year. In this blog NRLA Chief Executive Ben Beadle writes about the NRLA's six key calls for the parties standing in the 2021 Welsh Parliament elections.

Insights and Opinions Ben Beadle 10/12/2020
NRLA Wales launches 2021 manifesto

BLOG: Senedd Committee considers amendments for possession reform Bill

Wales' Equality, Local Government, and Communities Committee considered amendments put forward to the Renting Homes (Amendment) Bill last week. The purpose of the Bill is to give private tenants in Wales 12-months security of tenure. In this blog NRLA policy officer Calum Davies writes about the amendments.

Insights and Opinions Calum Davies 03/12/2020
BLOG: Senedd Committee considers amendments for possession reform Bill

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Calum Davies

Calum DaviesWelsh Policy & Public Affairs Officer.

Calum Davies is the Policy & Public Affairs Officer for NRLA Wales. After working in communications and research for a political party in the Welsh Parliament, Calum moved to the NRLA to promote the work of the Association to members, politicians, and stakeholders in Wales.

He ensures they are aware of landlord interests when they legislate and regulate in the PRS, helps run the Cardiff Landlord Forum, and develops policy and organises events for NRLA Wales.

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