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Welsh landlords will have to give six months’ notice to tenants from next year

Landlords in Wales will have to provide their tenants with six months’ notice from Spring 2022 in the case of ‘no fault evictions’, following legislation from The Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill.

Currently they only have to give two months’ notice – though they will still be able to seek possession if the tenant is in breach of contract.

The minimum contract of tenancies will also be 12 months.

Julie James, housing and local government minister, said: “This law will make renting a home in Wales fair, simple and efficient, and it will directly affect the lives of the one in three people who rent a home in Wales.

“Thanks to our efforts, tenants will have greater peace of mind when renting. Everyone has the right to feel secure in their own home and to be able to plan for the future.

“There will also be clear benefits for landlords. Clearer and easier to understand contracts will reduce disputes and legal costs and the new regime will provide a better way for landlords to deal with abandoned properties.”

The Bill also stipulates that properties must be fit with functioning smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Meanwhile electrical and gas safety certificates need to be in place.