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Posted 5 August 2016

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016-First Commencement Order


The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 received Royal Assent in January 2016 and the first commencement order under the Act has now been made.

The order brings into force provisions of the Act concerning issuing guidance and regulations.

The Act will significantly reform the law governing the renting of homes in Wales. If a tenancy or licence meets certain criteria under the Act it will be considered an ‘occupation contract’. The Act has retrospective effect, so when in force, will apply to all existing occupation contracts.

New requirements for Landlords under the Act include issuing a written statement of the occupation contract and ensuring the home is fit for human habitation.

Although the Act does not apply to holiday lets or to Mobile Homes Act Agreements, it is important that Park Owners consider whether any of their current tenancies or licence agreements will be subject to the provisions of the Act.

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