An amendment to the looming Renting Homes (Wales) Act will, if passed by the Welsh Assembly, triple the notice period a tenant must be given to six months.
The Welsh Assembly has dropped a bombshell on the country’s landlords after housing minister Julie James yesterday introduced proposed legislation that will extend the minimum notice period from two to six months.
She wants tenants to be given much more time to get ready to leave a property after a landlord has decided to take repossession via a ‘no fault’ Section 21 eviction, particularly if they have children in a local school, are in ill health or want to find a property to rent nearby.
The changes are understood to also be a gesture to campaigning groups such as Shelter, which has been running a campaign in Wales to have ‘no fault’ evictions banned as they are due to be in England.
Welsh Ministers are already bringing in significant changes to the rental sector with the introduction of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act which replaces the secure tenancy and assured tenancy regimes which currently operate under the Housing Act 1985 and Housing Act 1988 respectively.
The act has already been passed in the Assembly but is not due to be enacted until later this year. This amendment introduced yesterday is a modification of the act and will now be debated by Assembly Members.
At the moment, Welsh landlords must wait until six months have passed before they can serve notice through a ‘no fault’ eviction but, if they have planned ahead and served an unused Section 21 notice at the start of the tenancy, then evict a tenant.
If the amendment is passed, a letting agent or landlord wishing to evict a tenant via a no-fault notice will have to wait until six months has passed from the beginning of the tenancy, serve notice and then wait for a further six months. Read the official explanatory note for the amendment in full.