Welsh Government to consult on the minimum notice period
The Welsh Government has announced that it will be consulting on extending landlords’ notice period for so-called ‘no-fault’ evictions from two to six months. The consultation documents are available on the website and responses must be submitted by 5 September 2019.
If approved, the change would mean amendments to Sections 173 and 174 of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016. This Act has not yet been implemented, but will introduce new occupation contracts in Wales, which will replace the existing models of tenancies, including Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs). Sections 173 and 174 of the Act are the equivalent of the existing Section 21.
The First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford AM, had previously announced in April this year that the Welsh Government intended to remove ‘no-fault’ evictions when the new occupation contracts are in force.
The Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James AM, has now stated that extending the landlords’ notice period is preferable to pursuing the abolition of no-fault provisions due to legislative timetabling constraints and the Welsh Government’s desire not to delay the introduction of the occupation contracts. They plan to introduce the new occupation contracts before the current session of the Welsh Assembly ends in 2021.
The Minister, who was speaking at the Shelter Cymru conference on 4 July, said: “We want to do something now. I can definitely do this. We are not going to let the perfect be the enemy of the good”.
What you can do:
Landlords with properties in Wales are encouraged to respond to the consultation in order to highlight their concerns and have their views heard by the Government.
You can also support our campaign against the abolition of Section 21.