12:00 PM, 8th July 2019, About 2 years ago 4
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.”
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