RLA critical of Welsh plans to extend notice period to 6 months

RLA critical of Welsh plans to extend notice period to 6 months

12:00 PM, 8th July 2019, About 3 years ago 4

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The RLA have been heavily critical of plans by the Welsh government to increase the notice period after the fixed term of an AST from 2 months to 6 months. Effectively creating minimum 12 month tenancies.

These new plans extending the period to a year before and landlord is able to take back possession of their property were announced by Welsh housing minister Julie James AM.

Douglas Haig,RLA Vice Chair and director for Wales, said: “This is scandalous move that is essentially introducing 12-month contracts by default.

“Creating a situation where a property cannot be repossessed within the first six months and then introducing a further six-month notice period could cause huge problems for landlords..They will be left powerless when it comes to problem tenants, who will be legally allowed to stay in the property for a year. If tenants are not paying rent, huge arrears could build up in this time.

“We will be warning government that this move could cause serious damage to landlord confidence and the availability of homes to rent in Wales, at a time when demand continues to increase. The government needs to ensure that landlords with a genuine need to regain possession of their properties are able to do so.”


Mike D

9:04 AM, 9th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Should be extending tenant notice as well then.....

Ian Narbeth View Profile

10:32 AM, 9th July 2019, About 3 years ago

If the choice was between losing s21 and having to give 6 months notice, I could accept the latter.
If the system for recovering possession when there are rent arrears was speeded up landlords would not be so worried by moves like this.

Luke P

10:50 AM, 9th July 2019, About 3 years ago

This would create a (one-way) 12-month tenancy by default. Will the lenders be happy about this? Does contract law and the obvious imbalance this would cause have any weight to add here?


9:13 AM, 13th July 2019, About 3 years ago

That is me decided then. I have a rather iffy tenant in my ex family home in Wales. Wear and tear and äccidents"at this property amount to more than the maintenance costs of all my other properties together and have had to enter an arrangement where the rent is paid 10 days late due to their finances. Have been considering using the property as my UK home because of the previous. My mind is now made up. S21 will be on the way shortly.

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