Renting Homes (Wales) Act

The way you rent has changed… for tenants and landlords

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act is the biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades.

On1 December 2022 Welsh Government imeplemented the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 to change the way all landlords in Wales rent their properties. It aims to improve how we rent, manage, and live in rented homes in Wales.

There will be some new terms to get used to, under the new law, tenants will become 'contract-holders'. Tenancy agreements will be replaced with 'occupation contracts'.


If you’re a tenant or a landlord find out more about how the changes will affect you.

Easy read: A guide for tenants (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions for private sector tenants (PDF)

What Renting Homes means for landlords

For all your Renting Homes queries and to access detailed guidance, visit the Welsh Government website.


You can also sign-up for latest Welsh Government updates on Renting Homes via your Rent Smart Wales account. Simply log-in and select the option to receive further information from Rent Smart Wales and partners.