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Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

Chapter 5 - Key Matters and Additional Terms of Occupation Contracts
Section 26 – Key matters of all occupation contracts

126.This section sets out the key matters which must be included in all occupation contracts. These are:

  • the address of the dwelling;

  • the occupation date (the date from which the contract-holder is able to occupy the dwelling);

  • the amount of rent or other consideration; and

  • the rental periods (for example weekly or monthly). ‘Rental period’ is defined in Section 252.

Section 27 – Further key matters of standard contracts

127.This section sets out the additional key matters which must be included in all standard contracts. These are:

  • whether the contract is periodic or made for a fixed term;

  • if it is made for a fixed term, the term for which it is made (how long does the contract run, when does it begin and when does it end);

  • any periods during which the contract-holder is not entitled to occupy the dwelling as a home (for example, to allow student accommodation to be used for other purposes during vacations periods).

Section 28 – Additional terms

128.This section defines ’additional terms’ as any terms other than fundamental terms, supplementary terms and terms relating to key matters. Additional terms can be included in the contract to cover issues such as the keeping of pets. However, such terms cannot conflict with the terms relating to key matters, or with fundamental and supplementary terms.

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