Renting Homes (Wales) – Fitness for human habitation consultation

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Renting Homes (Wales) – Fitness for human habitation consultation

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Renting Homes (Wales) – Fitness for human habitation consultation

The Welsh Government Consultation, ‘Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 – Fitness for Human Habitation closes on the 12th of Jan so this is the last chance to get your opinions heard or at least noted.

This consultation is seeking views on the regulations determining a dwelling’s fitness for human habitation, and the accompanying guidance.

Once fully implemented, the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (‘the 2016 Act’) will make it simpler and easier to rent a home in Wales, replacing various and complex pieces of existing legislation with one clear legal framework. The new ‘occupation contracts’ replace current tenancies and will make the rights and obligations of both landlord and contract-holder much clearer. This includes the landlord’s duty, set out in section 91 of the 2016 Act, to ensure a dwelling is fit for human habitation (FFHH).

Where a landlord rents a dwelling that is unfit, a contract-holder will be able to seek an order from the court requiring the landlord to remedy the problem.

Section 94 of the Act requires the Welsh Ministers to make regulations in relation to determining whether a dwelling is FFHH. This consultation sets out and invites comments on the proposed Regulations.

The landlord of a qualifying dwelling is required to ensure that the house is “reasonably suitable for occupation” in respect of the following 9 matters:

  • repair
  • stability
  • freedom from damp
  • internal arrangement
  • natural lighting
  • ventilation
  • water supply
  • drainage and sanitary conveniences
  • facilities for preparation and cooking of food and for the disposal of waste water

Please Click Here to see the full consultation and details on how to respond.

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