My property is in Wales. Do I need a new contract from 1 December 2023?

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 was introduced on 1 December 2022. Under this new legislation, assured-shorthold tenancies (ASTs) can no longer be issued in Wales. Instead, agreements must now be "occupation contracts", specifically "standard occupation contracts" for private renters.

On 1 December, all existing ASTs were automatically converted into a standard occupation contract. 

Landlords of existing tenancies have six months after 1 December to issue a written statement of the standard occupation contract. This just means providing your tenant with a written copy of your new, updated contract, in line with the Welsh government's model contract.

Whilst landlords have six months (until 1 June 2023), it's best to issue a new written statement earlier than later. 

I have an existing Welsh AST with you - what do I do?

If you have an existing AST for a property in Wales with, our team will be in touch with you to create your new written statement. 

You will not be expected to convert your own contract. Our expert team will review your existing AST into a standard occupation contract, sending it to you for approval and signature.