South Wales Regional Meetings

  • South Wales - Venue To Be Confirmed - Wednesday 11th December 2019 12:00 - 15:00
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Angela Davey

July 2019

Agents and landlords who operate in the Private Rental Sector in Wales are about to be faced with a number of challenges as the Welsh Government moves towards imposing a raft of legislation.

The first challenge will go live on 1 September of this year, as from that date agents and landlords will be prohibited from charging tenants any fees either before, during, or after a tenancy. Holding deposits equivalent to one week’s rent will be permitted, however they must be refunded to tenants within seven days of their move in. There will be very few instances where an agent or landlord can make a charge to a tenant. A consultation will take place during the summer on what the exceptions will be for permitted charges to tenants. It is feared among letting agents in Wales that this legislation will lead to small independent agents exiting the market, as without this valuable income they will be unable to continue to trade. Letting and managing agents will look to recoup part of their losses through landlord fees, and as a consequence, landlords will recoup their losses by increasing rents.

A second challenge for private landlords comes further down the line as the First Minister has made a commitment to legislate to improve security of tenure in the Private Rental Sector. This will be done by removing the way that the tenancies are currently ended and the removal of the Section 21 Notice. The Minister for Housing and Local Government also confirmed that Welsh Government will be working closely with the sector to revise the process of ending tenancies through the courts. They have, however, acknowledged that there will be no changes to the current process until such time as court processes are streamlined and become more user friendly.

The Renting Homes Wales Act will bring a further change when it goes live, and will come in the shape of tenancy reform as the current Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements are replaced with Occupation Contracts.

As a member of the ARLA Propertymark Board and Welsh representative for our governing body, I am involved in the process which will shape the future of the Private Rental Sector in Wales. I am hopeful that as a valuable source of housing in the UK, the PRS will go through these changes and remain strong, vibrant and accessible to all.

Angela Davey MARLA
ARLA Propertymark Regional Representative
angeladavey@arla-reps.co.uk

South West

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