The National Assembly for Wales are currently in the midst of considering a Government Bill, which proposes even greater protection for residential tenants that are complying with the terms of their tenancy agreements.

The Welsh Government Bill seeks to amend the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 by:

  • Tripling the notice period for no-fault evictions from 2 to 6 months; and
  • Preventing no-fault eviction notices from being served within the first 6 months of a tenancy, effectively providing 12 months’ security of tenure for tenants.

Such changes signal an increasing drive towards restricting no-fault evictions in Wales. If passed by the National Assembly, this will mean that when the Renting Homes (Wales) legislation is implemented, residential tenants will be guaranteed at least 12 months in the property, provided they do not breach their contract. This is a marked shift from the current position in England, where a Section 21 Notice to terminate an Assured Shorthold Tenancy can be served after the first 4 months of the tenancy have elapsed.

We await the decision of the National Assembly as to whether these changes will be passed and indeed when the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will be implemented. It is unclear exactly when the long-awaited Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016, which completely overhauls the residential sector in Wales, will come into effect.

In the meantime, landlords in Wales will be grappling with the proposed restrictions on recovering possession on a no-fault basis. In England, the Government is also considering banning Section 21 Notices and Assured Shorthold Tenancies, so that landlords will need to establish a statutory ground to obtain possession. The scrutiny of no-fault evictions continues.

The Welsh Government has introduced the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill with the aim of amending the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 to guarantee a minimum of 12 months’ protection against eviction at the start of a new tenancy if they have not breached the terms of their contract. .... Extending notice periods from two months to six months under the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill will cause further shockwaves for landlords and agents.