Landlords in Wales face a wait of a year from the start of a new tenancy to take back a rented home under new no reason provided eviction rules.
A draft law has been laid before the Senedd by the Welsh Government outlining the terms of the measure.
Under The Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill, housing minister Julie James says she wants to stop landlords issuing a section 21 notice (or equivalent when other new rules are introduced) during the first six months of a new tenancy.
If the landlord wants to regain the property when the tenant has not broken the terms of the agreement, the notice period will rise from two months to six months and cannot be served until the tenancy has run for at least six months.
If the renter has breached the terms of the tenancy agreement, other forms of shorter notice are, and will be, available.
The rules will apply to all tenancies, not just new agreements.
“The new Bill will add further significant protections for those who rent their home in Wales to those already included in our landmark Renting Homes legislation. These include, ensuring that a possession notice where there is no breach of contract cannot be served for the first six months of occupation, and where possession is sought, giving the contract holder six months’ notice,” said the minister.
“This will provide valuable time for individuals and families faced with possession under section 173, and the organisations and agencies that support them, to find a new home that is right for them and make all necessary arrangements for a smooth transition to their new home.
“I believe the Renting Homes (Wales) Act, as amended, will provide a sound basis for renting in Wales: balancing the needs and rights of both tenants and landlords and helping ensure our private rented sector is a well-managed option for households.”
The minister expects the Bill to become law in spring 2021.