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On 1 September 2019 the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) Wales Act came into force banning fees charged by agents and landlords in the private rented sector. In April 2019, the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford, said at the Welsh Labour Conference that, "we will abolish unfair letting agents fees in the private rented sector and we will end the demeaning and degrading practice of no-fault evictions for those people who live in the private rented sector here in Wales."

Since April 2018, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) was replaced with Land Transaction Tax (LTT). In 2016, the Welsh Government introduced the Renting Homes (Wales) Act, which paves the way for new ‘occupation contracts.’ In 2014, the Welsh Government introduced the Housing (Wales) Act, which created the Rent Smart Wales scheme.

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Tenant Fees Toolkit Wales

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 came into force on 1 September 2019. To help members comply with this complex piece of legislation, our ‘Tenant Fees Toolkit Wales’ supports agents through every step of the transition and beyond.  More info...

Rent Smart Wales

Rent Smart Wales

All letting agents in Wales (and the wider UK who let or manage rental properties in Wales) must be suitably trained and licensed to carry out letting or property management activities. More info...


Land Transaction Tax (LTT)

On 1 April 2018, Land Transaction Tax (LTT) replaced Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Wales. Buyers purchasing an additional residential property costing more than £40,000 will incur a 3% surcharge. More info...

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Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019 sets out the information that must be provided to prospective tenants by either the landlord or letting agent and the way in which the information must be provided before a Holding Deposit is paid.

To help members comply, we have produced a Holding Deposit Specific Information fact sheet and a template which is available in the Tenant Fees Toolkit (Wales). Online shop... 

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Increasing the minimum notice period for a ‘no-fault eviction’

Whilst the Housing Act 1988 still applies to tenancies in Wales, the Welsh Government has consulted on amending the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 before it comes into force. The equivalent of a Section 21 notice for Periodic tenancies (or occupation contracts, as they are described in the legislation) is a Section 173 notice. For Fixed Term tenancies, the equivalent in a Section 186 notice. The Welsh Government is looking into limiting the use of eviction notices without providing tenants with a reason and has proposed significant changes.

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Ban on fees charged to tenants

Despite the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 coming into force on 1 September 2019, two key aspects of the legislation remain subject to further legislation.

Firstly, the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019 have been laid in the National Assembly which sets out the information landlords should provide to tenants before a Holding Deposit is taken.

Secondly, the description and the limits of payments in default require clarification. Until there is an additional list of default payments and what can be charged, you should levy the costs for doing the work and a reasonable administration charge.

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Angela Davey

Angela Davey

ARLA Propertymark Board Member
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Martin Adshead

Martin Adshead

ARLA Propertymark Regional Representative
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