The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee at the Welsh Assembly say the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill needs to be stronger and modernised.
It is said that one-third of the Welsh population live in rented accommodation and the proposed bill will affect nearly all of them and their landlords.
Christine Chapman AM, chair of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee said:
“We think the Minister should enable only community landlords to offer tenancies to 16 and 17 year olds. We believe this would ensure that potentially vulnerable young people are adequately protected and receive the right level of support.
“One of the proposed changes is to try and help young vulnerable people and the Committee feel this has been overlooked under the current proposals.”
The Committee also suggests improving the standard of accommodation and giving less responsibility to the court to settle disputes.
The Renting Homes (Wales) Bill currently at Stage 1 in the Welsh Assembly aims to simplify the large number of tenancies and licences for homes with just two types of contract, and says it will give landlords the right to evict tenants for anti-social nuisance.
When the Bill is passed by the Assembly, the Welsh Government Bill will also include measures to prevent landlords from trying to evict tenants who ask for repairs, and require them to ensure their property is fit for human habitation.
Changes to Renting Homes (Wales) Bill – http://t.co/db8O5AP0YZ
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