Welsh legislation changes

There’s been some changes to legislation since the 1st of December 2022. Find out what that means to you as a landlord.

For more information and for landlord lettings legislation FAQs, please click here.

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Convert existing contracts

Occupation Contracts can start verbally. However, you must issue a written statement of the contract to all contract holders. This will replace the occupation contract or licence agreement.

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Understand new notice periods for possession

  • No-fault notice for periodic standard contracts is now a minimum of six months. It can’t be served in the first six months of occupation.
  • No notice period for anti-social behaviour, and you can apply to the court directly after giving notice.
  • Provide 14 days' notice for serious rent arrears of 8 weeks
  • One month's notice is required for other breaches of contract.
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Homes must be fit for human habitation

You must carry out electrical safety testing and have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

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Repossess an abandoned home

You can repossess an abandoned home without a court order after serving a four-week notice.

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Contract-holders can be added or removed

You can add and remove Contract-holders without having to end the current contract.

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The Contract-holder is entitled to pass on their home

Other people who live with the Contract-holder, including a spouse, career, or adult children, can take on the contract if they die.

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