The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 is an Act of the National Parliament for Wales that received Royal Assent on 18 January 2016. The legislation builds on the Housing Act (Wales) 2014 and makes several key changes to housing law in Wales.

The Act replaces certain provisions in the UK-wide legislation, the Housing Act 1985 and the Housing Act 1988, and makes amendments to the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019.

The changes include higher standards for properties in the Private Rented Sector such as obligations to keep structures and interiors in a state of good repair and fit for human habitation as well as more rights for tenants regarding break clauses, joint contracts and ‘no fault’ notices.

The key provisions of the Act are:

  • Types of landlords
  • Types of tenancies
  • Joint contract-holders
  • Succession rights
  • Notice periods and evictions
  • Fitness for human habitation

Amendments to the Act

There have been some amendments since the initial implementation of the Act in 2016 which was legislated in the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Act 2021.

These changes included changing the minimum notice period from two months to six months for a standard “no-fault” eviction and payments of a service charge or replacement written statement of an occupation contract are permitted payments in certain circumstances.

23 Nov 2022
Webinar recording: Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

Simon White and Tim Thomas
Coming into effect on 1 December 2022, the Act is one of the biggest shake-ups of Welsh housing law. It will introduce significant changes for letting agents, landlords and tenants to the way homes are rented, managed, and lived in.

Simon White who oversees implementing the Act, went through the details to help agents understand the changes and their new responsibilities.

Resources for members

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28 Nov 2022
Fact sheet: Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act replaces existing legislation from the Housing Act 2004 with a new tenancy structure for Wales. The primary purpose is to make the legal framework easier to understand and will also mark a key separation in legislation between Wales and England.

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28 Nov 2022
Renting Homes (Wales) Act Occupation Contracts

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 brings together several complex pieces of legislation into a single legal framework. We worked closely with the Welsh Government to help agents prepare and have produced the new Model Occupation Contracts, which Rent Smart Wales has also reviewed.

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08 Nov 2022
Fact sheet: Fitness of Homes for Human Habitation in Wales (Inventory clerks)

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 18 January 2016 which provides additional obligations for landlords and letting agents around the condition of their properties. The Act comes into force from 1 December 2022.

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30 Jan 2023
FAQs: Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

From 1 December 2022, existing tenancy agreements are automatically converted to either a fixed term or periodic standard occupation contract. Propertymark has liaised with the Welsh Government in response to concerns and questions from members.

Useful links 

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Training for agents and landlords

Rent Smart Wales and some of its approved providers now offer Renting Homes Act training. This is free on the Rent Smart Wales website, or for a fee for classroom or virtual training.

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Frequently asked questions

The Welsh Government has provided answers to lots of questions to assist agents and landlords understand the changes and comply with the new regulations.

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