Industry News Sally Walmsley 01/12/2022

Renting Homes (Wales) Act comes into force

New rules fundamentally changing the way homes in Wales are let have now been introduced.

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act was brought in on Thursday (December 1) after a six year wait.

The legislation will see all PRS tenancies replaced by ‘occupation contracts’ with new required terms and rules around repossession.

In response the NRLA has produced a series of documents and guides to support landlords with properties in Wales through the changes.

The association has also produced an enhanced and improved Standard Occupation Contract for use by landlords in Wales (V1.2aFSOC), an all-in-one contract, setting out the terms for both the initial fixed term and any periodic contract that follows on from this.  The Occupation Contract is free for NRLA members to download.

Guides on offer include:

  • Wales-specific documents like inventories, application forms and checklists
    How to convert a contract guidance
  • Completion notes for prescribed forms
  • Fitness for human habitation in Wales guidance
  • Abandonment guidance

All can be accessed via our dedicated Renting Homes (Wales) pages on our NRLA Wales hub. Find out more and access the guides here.

An approved Rent Smart Wales training provider, the NRLA also offers a Renting Homes (Wales) 2016 training course, offering a detailed exploration of landlords’ new obligations.

All Rent Smart Wales licensees who have received their licence since July 2020 must undertake this approved training by the February 28, 2023. For more information about the course and prices click here.