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News on the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016
On 18 January 2016 the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill gained Royal Assent to become the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (“the Act”).
The Act will reform the law governing the rental of homes in Wales. Specifically, any tenancy or licence which satisfies the Act’s criteria will be deemed an occupation contract and be subject to the Act’s provisions which include, but are not limited to:
- The requirement to issue a tenant with a written statement of the occupation contract which sets out the rights and obligations of each party;
- The requirement to provide the tenant with the name and address of the landlord;
- Ensuring the property is fit for human habitation.
It is unlikely the Act’s provisions will apply to an agreement which permits an individual to occupy a mobile home or caravan such as a Mobile Homes Act Agreement, however park owners should seek independent legal advice about any rented park home which is of unusual construction or has been modified.
Park owners will need to establish whether any of their current tenancies or licences will satisfy the Act’s criteria as they will need to ensure they are compliant with the Act’s provisions when they come into force.
If you have any queries regarding the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 or if you are interested in our Parklaw service contact the Parks team by telephone on 01392 207020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.