Welsh eviction laws are getting a once over as a Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru committee launches a major consultation on the Welsh Government’s Renting Homes (Amendment) Bill.
The Bill proposes to increase the minimum notice period for Section 21 evictions from two months to six months and restrict the issuing of such a notice until six months after the occupation date of the contract.
This means that a tenant will now have 12 months within a property before the landlord can obtain possession (as long as the contract holder does not breach the terms of the contract).
According to the Welsh Government, the Bill is to “improve security of tenure” for people who rent their homes.
“With more and more people living in privately rented homes it is right that we look at the way the market is operating and the issues that tenants face.
It is also important to hear from landlords about the challenges they face in providing accommodation for so many people across the country,” said John Griffiths, Chair of the Senedd Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.
“In looking at this Bill the Committee will listen to as many people involved in the private rented sector as possible, including those who have been affected by no fault evictions.
“With people of all backgrounds and circumstances relying on the rental market, our job is to make sure that the Welsh Government have got the balance right with these proposals to protect tenants and support landlords,” he said.
There are over 200,000 privately rented homes in Wales where tenants are at risk of a ‘no fault eviction and PRS currently accounts for approximately 15% of all homes, having more than doubled in size since 2000/01.
Rebecca Woolley Citizens Advice Director, Wales said last year, Citizens Advice Cymru helped people with more than 3000 issues related to living in private rented accommodation.
“It’s clear that more needs to be done to help people feel safe and secure in their homes.
“We welcome the measures outlined in the draft Welsh Government Bill, and look forward to working with other stakeholders to ensure increased security for renters in Wales,” she said.