Proposals to extend the notice period for so-called ‘no fault’ evictions have come under fire.
In Wales, the Government wants to extend the notice period from two to six months.
Under Section 173 of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016, the Welsh equivalent of Section 21 in England, rental properties cannot be repossessed in the first six months of the tenancy.
After that, tenants must be given two months notice – which is now set to be six, after an announcement by housing minister Julie James.
This will mean that it will be a year before a rental property can be repossessed after a new tenancy begins.
The Residential Landlords Association director for Wales, Douglas Haig, said: “This is a 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. If tenants are not paying rent, huge arrears could build up in this time.”
The Welsh government will now consult on its Section 173 proposals.