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Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

Section 39 – Provision by landlord of information about the landlord and Section 40 - Compensation for breach of section 39

148.If these sections are incorporated as terms of the contract without modification, within 14 days of the occupation date, a landlord is required to provide the contract-holder with an address to which any documents for the landlord can be sent (this may be an agent, if the landlord uses one). If there is a change in the identity of the landlord, the new landlord must notify the contract-holder of the change, along with an address to which the contract-holder may send documents to the new landlord, within 14 days of the new landlord becoming the landlord. Where there is a change in the address to which documents for the landlord can be sent, the landlord must notify the contract-holder of the new address within 14 days.

149.Where a landlord fails to provide this information to the contract-holder within the required time, they are liable to pay the contract-holder compensation equivalent to a day’s rent for each day that the information is not provided (up to a maximum of two months’ rent) until the information has been provided. Interest will begin to be added to that amount if the landlord fails to provide the statement within the two month period.

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