The RLA has responded to the consultation on the Welsh Renting Homes Bill, welcoming many of the Law Commission’s ideas for tenancy reform upon which the Welsh Government’s proposals are based, but also providing better alternatives for some key proposals on tenure reform and written tenancy agreements.
In a comprehensive response, the Association stated that the assured tenancy regime should be retained for both the private rented sector and housing associations. Instead of wholesale change it would be far easier, and less expensive, if the local authority sector was converted over to the assured tenancy regime as well.
The RLA also believes that so far as written tenancy agreements are concerned, it would be preferable for there to be a default agreement laid down in law, rather than forcing landlords to offer out written tenancy agreements. This would operate automatically if the landlord failed to provide a written agreement at all or if any agreement was inconsistent with the main terms of the default agreement or incomplete. There are also issues around the timing of the provision of tenancy agreements under the Law Commission proposals, which may be of concern.
The RLA also raised concerns about the Law Commission’s proposal in relation to joint tenancies and how these would operate, as they could disadvantage not just landlords but also the remaining tenants, where a joint tenant leaves.
Nonetheless, the RLA concluded that it welcomed many of the other proposals put forward in the White Paper based on the Law Commission’s proposals, which can be readily incorporated in the alternative structure which the RLA is proposing.
- Read the RLA’s Welsh Renting Homes Bill response in full; including the accompanying appendices:
- Appendix 1: Proposed impact assessment
- Appendix 2: How affordable is housing for working families?
- Appendix 3: Detailed comments on the Law Commission’s draft proposals
- Appendix 4: Draft Housing Bill