Welsh legislation changes
1st December 2022 – Here’s what landlords need to do
Convert existing contracts
Occupation Contracts can start verbally, but you must issue a written statement of the contract to all contract-holders (this replaces the tenancy or licence agreement).
Be aware of new notice periods for possession
No-fault notice (periodic standard contracts only) – six months minimum for new Occupation Contracts, and can’t be served in the first six months of occupation.
Breaches: No notice period for anti-social behaviour (you can apply to the court straight after giving the notice); 14 days for serious rent arrears (arrears of 8 weeks / 2 months); one month’s notice for other breaches.
Ensure homes are Fit for Human Habitation
Including electrical safety testing and ensuring working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are provided.
Repossess an abandoned home
Without needed a court order, after serving a four-week warning notice.
Contract-holders can be added or removed
Without having to end the current contract and start another one.
Enhanced succession rights mean the contract-holder is entitled to pass on their home
(Up to two times) to other people that live with them (including a spouse, adult children, or a career) if they die.
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