Consultation on the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill

Friday 13 March 2015

The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the general principles of the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill.

The Bill brings together and modernises the existing complex raft of legislation into one new piece of legislation, and in doing so seeks to improve the arrangements for renting a home in Wales.

Invitation to contribute to the inquiry
The Committee welcomes evidence from those with an interest in this subject. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please provide a brief description of the role of your organisation.

The Committee welcomes contributions in English or Welsh and we ask organisations with Welsh Language policies/schemes to provide bilingual submissions, in line with their public information policies. The Committee will consider responses to the inquiry and hold oral evidence sessions during the autumn term.

If you wish to submit evidence, please send an electronic copy of your submission to: SeneddCELG@Assembly.wales

Alternatively, you can write to:
Committee Clerk
Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA

Submissions should arrive by 27 March 2015. It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.

ARLA will also be submitting evidence to the inquiry on behalf of our members. 

Overview of the Bill
The Bill aims to create better tenancy arrangements which create a clearer understanding between landlord and tenant at the outset of a tenancy. Following careful consideration of a wide range of evidence, the Government is taking action to improve the arrangements for renting a home in Wales through the provisions set out in this Bill.

Providing simpler and more flexible arrangements for renting a home, the Bill will:

• Create a more flexible framework to help support the victims of domestic abuse from a housing perspective
• Address housing-related anti-social behaviour
• Ensure a more flexible approach to joint tenancies, thus making such arrangements easier for those who need or want them
• Provide a more consistent approach to succession rights
• Establish fairer and more consistent arrangements for eviction for rent arrears from social housing;
• Clarify landlords’ obligations for repair and matters relating to the condition of a property.
• Provide clearer arrangements for landlords and tenants and a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities.

Further details about the Bill, and the accompanying Explanatory Memorandum designed to convey information on the key elements of the Bill and its provisions, can be found on the Assembly’s website: http://senedd.assembly.wales/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=12055