The Act received Royal Assent in 2016, however, the implementation was only announced in January 2022 and gave the industry and stakeholders six months to prepare for the changes.
The Act, which was first passed in 2016, represents the biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades. It increases protections for tenants and contract-holders through the introduction of a single, clear framework.
Representing the biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades, the Act aims intention is to increase protections for tenants and contract-holders through the introduction of a single, clear framework.
The Welsh Government highlighted the deferral of the start will afford them more time to produce further regulations and guidance and introduce the transition provisions and will allow more time for landlords and agents to complete their necessary preparations. Recognising that preparing new occupation contracts and ensuring that properties meet the fitness standards set out in the legislation are major undertakings, particularly for those landlords and agents responsible for many properties and tenants.
Julie James MS, Minister for Climate Change, accepts that landlords from both private and public sectors, as well as letting agents and other stakeholders, would benefit from additional time to familiarise themselves with the various pieces of subordinate legislation – the final tranche of which are due to be made in July.