New simplified rental contracts are to be introduced from spring 2022 in Wales with minimum notice periods for evictions extended from two to six months in most cases.
In addition landlords will be prevented from serving notice at all for the first six months of a tenant’s contract.
However, Welsh landlords will still be able to repossess their property if a tenant is in breach of contract.
Welsh Government housing and local government minister Julie James says the end result will be fairer, simpler and more efficient.
“Thanks to our efforts, tenants will have greater peace of mind when renting. Everyone has the right to feel secure in their own home and to be able to plan for the future” she says.
And she adds: “Clearer and easier to understand contracts will reduce disputes and legal costs and the new regime will provide a better way for landlords to deal with abandoned properties.”
Calum Davies, Welsh Policy and Public Affairs Officer for the National Residential Landlords Association, responds by saying: “We are glad that the Welsh Government has not gone as far as to remove no-reason-given possessions, and accepted committee recommendations based on our proposals to explore a Welsh Housing Court and better data collection – which the NRLA have been calling for.
“However, it is worth highlighting that several of our proposals were not adopted and this could unfortunately lead to negative consequences for the wider sector, including landlords leaving the market. The implication of this is it would decrease housing supply at a time when people are more dependent on private rented housing following the economic aftermath of Coronavirus.
“The central issue with this legislation is it encourages landlords to go to court to seek possession when they sadly have no confidence in such a slow justice system – and this was prior to the pandemic increasing the backlog significantly.
“After four pieces of law passing in the last seven years focussing on the private rented sector, what landlords and tenants need now is a break to adjust to the new regime, allowing policymakers to assess the effectiveness of the legislation.”