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Shock for agents as politicians consider six month notice period

Agents have come out fighting against a proposal being considered in one part of the UK to triple the time to remove a tenant via the eviction process from two to six months.

Under current legislation and the Rent Smart Wales system, landlords in the Principality must wait until six months have passed before they can serve notice through Section 21. However, if they serve an ‘unused’ notice at the start of the tenancy, they can move much more rapidly and evict a tenant with little delay. 

However, new legislation proposed by the Labour-led Welsh Government means the ‘unused’ notice could not be served during the first six months of a tenancy - which in effect would mean tenants receive a guaranteed year in their home free from any possible eviction.


Welsh Government housing minister Julie James says this would "add further significant protections" for tenants, adding: "What we are trying to do is make sure good landlords are rewarded well and bad landlords are driven out of the market," 

The move has, unsurprisingly, been backed by Shelter and tenants’ groups.

But David Cox, the chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, says: “Extending notice periods from two months to six months under the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill will cause further shockwaves for landlords and agents. 

“The proposals will make it even more difficult for landlords to reclaim possession of their property and add further longevity to an already lengthy and expensive eviction process.

“We are concerned that landlords will have no viable option of evicting problem tenants quickly and efficiently due to current court procedures.

“If landlords sell up due to the perceived risk, this will shrink the sector and contribute to landlords being more selective about who they let their property to. 

“The Welsh Assembly must reconsider extending the minimum notice period and take a long-term, holistic view that supports those who are providing professional and well managed tenancies.”

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    Good lord, am I sick of hearing Shelters name!

  • Neil Moores

    Will the tenants also be required to give 6 months' notice? I would hope so. Presumably this will put off landlords renting to borderline cases and anyone on benefits, knowing that there could be as much as a year before the tenancy will legally end (prior to court action if the tenant stays put) with the possibility of receiving little or no rent during that year. And before anyone bangs on about section 8 notices for non payment of rent we all know that a tricky tenant can extend that eviction process for longer than that.

  • jeremy clarke

    In my experience it is mainly the tenants that ask for the longer tenancies and then, a few months in, want out because they have split up or lost their jobs. Hopefully there will be a mechanism in place, maybe compulsory insurance for tenants that will ensure that the tenant has to either serve 6 months' notice or the policy pays out to the landlord.

  • Bryan Shields

    Can someone send 200 of what shelter smokes

  • S l
    • S l
    • 13 February 2020 20:26 PM

    This country is run by people with no financial common sense. They will be the downfall of England

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    • 13 February 2020 20:33 PM

    Osborne being the major cause of the ongoing destruction of the vitally needed PRS.
    He has gone never to return but his actions have caused totally unjustified financial damage which has and will destroy previously successful businesses in the coming years.

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    Not sure on never to return.
    I hope your right for the PRS.
    But bad pennies have a habit of turning up.
    Personally I think he should be hung drawn and quartered


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