Landlords in Wales have a brief window of opportunity to serve Section 21 eviction notices after Covid-imposed changes end but before the new Renting Homes Act kicks in.
The six-month notice rule – first introduced in July 2020 – ends tomorrow and reverts back to two months, but only until 15th July when under the new Act, landlords will need to give six months’ notice again. The government had previously extended the rule last December in a bid to ease homelessness.
Property lawyer David Smith at JMW Solicitors says: “There is a short period to serve these notices for them to expire before Renting Homes comes into effect in July. As things stand those notices cease to exist in July. However, there are hints that notices served before July will carry over into the new regime.”
Once the new law comes in, landlords will not be able to give notice until six months after the contract starts, and unless they have been registered and licensed with Rent Smart Wales and followed deposit protection rules.
The Welsh government has now produced a new toolkit to help get the message out about the biggest shake-up of housing law in Wales for decades.
‘The Way You Rent is Changing’ is a communications campaign designed to tell everyone in the PRS about the new rules, and includes digital advertising, a radio campaign and direct communication, directing landlords and tenants to the website for more information.
As well as providing them with the toolkit, it’s also asking landlords to help share information about the changes on their social media channels.