Letting agents condemn ‘shock’ Welsh move to triple notice periods for tenants

first_imgHome » News » Letting agents condemn ‘shock’ Welsh move to triple notice periods for tenants previous nextRegulation & LawLetting agents condemn ‘shock’ Welsh move to triple notice periods for tenantsAn amendment before the Welsh assembly will give tenants at least a year from the start of a tenancy before they can be evicted via the ‘no fault’ process.Nigel Lewis12th February 20201 Comment1,523 Views The Welsh government has introduced legislation to its National Assembly that will triple the time it takes to remove a tenant from a property via the ‘no fault’ eviction process from two to six months.Currently, in Wales landlords must wait until six months have passed before they can serve notice through a ‘no fault’ eviction but, if they have planned ahead and served an unused Section 21 notice at the start of the tenancy, immediately evict a tenant.But once the new legislation, which is an amendment of the existing un-enacted Rent Homes 2016, becomes law this will not be possible.A letting agent or landlord wishing to evict a tenant via a no-fault notice will have to wait until six months has passed from the beginning of the tenancy, serve notice and then wait for a further six months.The amendment is designed to increase safety of tenure for tenants, particularly those with children in local schools and those being cared for or with ill health.But the Welsh government also wants to give tenants enough time to find an equally affordable and suitable home nearby.The Rent Homes 2016 Act will replace the existing Housing Act 1988 and Section 21 notices will now be know as Section 173 notices. As with the existing eviction legislation, the new rules assume the tenant has not broken the terms of their contract.But the Amendment has not been welcomed by ARLA Propertymark. “Extending notice periods from two months to six months under the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill will cause further shockwaves for landlords and agents,” says Chief Executive David Cox (left).“The proposals will make it even more difficult for landlords to reclaim possession of their property and add further longevity to an already lengthy and expensive eviction process.“The Welsh Assembly must reconsider extending the minimum notice period and take a long-term, holistic view that supports those who are providing professional and well managed tenancies.”Read more about the Welsh Assembly.Read the Welsh government’s explanatory memorandum in full.Rent Homes (2016) Bill ARLA Section 21 David Cox evictions Welsh assembly February 12, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 17th February 2020 at 11:00 pmProfessional bodies for Landlords AND Agents, should be advising everyone in the PRS in Wales to NOT rent to Tenants in the riskier category what will be most detrimentally affected by this elongated Possession move.The otherwise politically – correct platitudes will be of much use as a ‘ chocolate fireguard ‘Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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