RHWA - Coastal Housing Group

Housing law is changing

Later this year, the Renting Homes (Wales) Act comes into effect.

The way you rent is changing

The Renting Homes Act is the biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades, and will affect all our residents.

In 2016 the Welsh Government passed The Renting Homes (Wales) Act that will replace current housing legislation. Later this year, the Welsh Government plan for the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 to change the way all landlords in Wales rent their properties and bring significant reform to housing law and practice in Wales.

Its purpose is to set up a single legal framework for social and private renting, enabling a ‘single social tenancy’ for Wales. The act will provide greater clarity for both residents and landlords on their rights and responsibilities, through written contracts (currently known as tenancy agreements) and the Act will standardise tenancy agreements.

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will change the way all landlords in Wales rent their properties and will improve how we rent, manage and live in rented home.

Key things to know

  • The Renting Homes (Wales) Act will come into force late 2022
  • Coastal Housing Group will be known as a Community Landlord
  • Residents will be known as Contract Holders
  • Tenancy agreements will change to an Occupation Contract
  • There will be two types of contracts – secure and standard
  • The Act will merge multiple housing legislations into one legal framework
  • The Act will simplify and improve your rights
  • When the Act comes into effect, every resident in Wales will automatically be moved to the new contract – Occupation Contract.

Want more detailed information about the Renting Homes Act 2016? Please visit the Welsh Government website.

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