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Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Act 2021

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An Act of Senedd Cymru to make provision about security of occupation under the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016; to make miscellaneous provision relating to occupation contracts; and for connected purposes.

[7 April 2021]

Having been passed by Senedd Cymru and having received the assent of Her Majesty, it is enacted as follows:

Landlord's notice: minimum notice periodsE+W

1Landlord's notice under periodic standard contract: minimum notice periodE+W

(1)The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (anaw 1) (“the 2016 Act”) is amended as follows.

(2)In section 174 (notices under section 173: minimum notice period)—

(a)in subsection (1), for “two months” substitute “ six months ”;

(b)for subsection (2) substitute—

(2)This section is a fundamental provision which is incorporated as a term of all periodic standard contracts, except periodic standard contracts which—

(a)do not incorporate section 173 as a term of the contract, or

(b)are within Schedule 8A (whether or not they incorporate section 173 as a term of the contract).

(3)After section 174, insert—

174AMinimum notice period: periodic standard contracts within Schedule 8A

(1)If a periodic standard contract is within Schedule 8A, the date specified in a notice under section 173 may not be less than two months after the day on which the notice is given to the contract-holder.

(2)This section is a fundamental provision which is incorporated as a term of all periodic standard contracts which—

(a)incorporate section 173 as a term of the contract, and

(b)are within Schedule 8A.

2Landlord's break clause under fixed term standard contract: minimum notice periodE+W

(1)The 2016 Act is amended as follows.

(2)In section 195 (landlord's break clause: minimum notice period)—

(a)in subsection (1), for “two months” substitute “ six months ”;

(b)for subsection (2) substitute—

(2)This section is a fundamental provision which is incorporated as a term of all fixed term standard contracts, except fixed term standard contracts which—

(a)do not have a landlord's break clause, or

(b)are within Schedule 8A (whether or not they have a landlord's break clause).

(3)After section 195 insert—

195AMinimum notice period: fixed term standard contracts within Schedule 8A

(1)If a fixed term standard contract is within Schedule 8A, the date specified in a notice under a landlord's break clause may not be less than two months after the day on which the notice is given to the contract-holder.

(2)This section is a fundamental provision which is incorporated as a term of all fixed term standard contracts which—

(a)have a landlord's break clause, and

(b)are within Schedule 8A.

3Standard contracts with minimum notice period of two monthsE+W

Schedule 1 inserts a new Schedule 8A into the 2016 Act, setting out standard contracts which can be terminated by the landlord on giving two months' notice.

When landlord's notice may be givenE+W

4Landlord's notice under periodic standard contract: when notice may be givenE+W

(1)In section 175 of the 2016 Act (restrictions on giving notice under section 173 in first four months of occupation)—

(a)in subsection (1), for “four months” substitute “ six months ”;

(b)in subsection (2), for “four months” substitute “ six months ”.

(2)The heading of section 175 becomes “ Restriction on section 173: notice may not be given until after the first six months of occupation ”.

5Landlord's break clause under fixed term standard contract: when notice may be givenE+W

(1)In section 196 of the 2016 Act (restrictions on use of landlord's break clause in first four months of occupation)—

(a)in subsection (1), for “four months” substitute “ 18 months ”;

(b)omit subsections (2) and (3).

(2)The heading of section 196 becomes “ Restriction on use of landlord's break clause until after the first 18 months of occupation ”.

Giving and withdrawing landlord's noticeE+W

6Restrictions on giving notice under section 173 or 186 or under a landlord's break clause: breaches of statutory obligationsE+W

(1)The 2016 Act is amended as follows.

(2)For section 176 (restrictions on giving notice under section 173: information requirements) substitute—

176Restrictions on giving notice under section 173: breaches of statutory obligations

Schedule 9A imposes restrictions on the giving of notice under section 173, related to breaches of certain statutory obligations.

(3)After section 186 (landlord's notice in connection with end of fixed term) insert—

186ARestrictions on giving notice under section 186: breaches of statutory obligations

Schedule 9A imposes restrictions on the giving of notice under section 186, related to breaches of certain statutory obligations.

(4)For section 197 (restrictions on giving notice under a landlord's break clause: information requirements) substitute—

197Restrictions on use of landlord's break clause: breaches of statutory obligations

Schedule 9A imposes restrictions on the giving of notice under a landlord's break clause, related to breaches of certain statutory obligations.

(5)In the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 (anaw 2)—

(a)for section 20 (restrictions on terminating contracts), substitute—

20Restrictions on terminating standard occupation contracts

Schedule 9A to the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (anaw 1) includes provision relating to standard occupation contracts preventing a landlord from giving a notice seeking possession of a dwelling under section 173 or 186 of that Act, or under a landlord's break clause, if the landlord has not complied with provisions of this Act relating to prohibited payments and retained holding deposits.;

(b)omit Schedule 3 (which provides for the insertion of sections 177A, 186A to 186C and 198A into the 2016 Act, and other related amendments to that Act).

(6)Schedule 2 inserts a new Schedule 9A into the 2016 Act, which—

(a)replicates the restrictions on the giving of notices seeking possession set out in sections 176 to 177A, 186A to 186C and 197 to 198A of the 2016 Act as they stood before being amended or omitted by virtue of this Act, and

(b)includes a power to amend Schedule 9A.

7Restrictions on giving further landlord's notices under periodic standard contractE+W

For section 177 of the 2016 Act (restrictions on giving notice under section 173: security and deposit requirements) substitute—

177Restrictions on giving further notices under section 173

(1) Subsections (2) and (3) apply where—

(a)a landlord has given a contract-holder a notice under section 173 (“the first notice”), and

(b)the landlord has subsequently withdrawn the notice (see section 180(3)).

(2)The landlord may not give another notice under section 173 to the contract-holder before the end of the period of six months starting with the day on which the first notice was withdrawn, other than in accordance with subsection (3).

(3)The landlord may give one more notice under section 173 to the contract-holder during the period of 28 days starting with the day on which the first notice was given.

(4)Subsection (5) applies where—

(a)a landlord has given a contract-holder a notice under section 173, and

(b)the period for making a possession claim on the ground in section 178 has ended without the landlord having made a claim.

(5)The landlord may not give another notice under section 173 to the contract-holder before the end of the period of six months starting with the last day of the period before the end of which the landlord could have made the claim (see section 179(1)(b)).

(6)This section is a fundamental provision which is incorporated as a term of all periodic standard contracts which incorporate section 173 as a term of the contract.

8Withdrawal of notice under section 173 and under a landlord's break clauseE+W

(1)The 2016 Act is amended as follows.

(2)In section 180 (termination of contract on landlord's notice), in subsection (3), for the words from “, before the contract ends” to the end substitute

(a)before the contract ends, and during the period of 28 days starting with the day on which the notice was given, the landlord withdraws the notice by giving further notice to the contract-holder, or

(b)before the contract ends, and after the end of the period of 28 days starting with day on which the notice was given—

(i)the landlord withdraws the notice by giving further notice to the contract-holder, and

(ii)the contract-holder does not object to the withdrawal in writing before the end of a reasonable period.

(3)In section 201 (termination of contract under landlord's break clause), in subsection (3), for the words from “, before the contract ends” to the end substitute

(a)before the contract ends, and during the period of 28 days starting with the day on which the notice was given, the landlord withdraws the notice by giving further notice to the contract-holder, or

(b)before the contract ends, and after the end of the period of 28 days starting with the day on which the notice was given—

(i)the landlord withdraws the notice by giving further notice to the contract-holder, and

(ii)the contract-holder does not object to the withdrawal in writing before the end of a reasonable period.

9Restriction on giving notice under section 173 and under landlord's break clause following retaliatory possession claimE+W

(1)The 2016 Act is amended as follows.

(2)After section 177 (inserted by section 7) insert—

177ARestriction on giving notice under section 173 following retaliatory possession claim

(1)Subsection (2) applies where—

(a)a landlord (having given a contract-holder a notice under section 173) has made a possession claim on the ground in section 178, and

(b)the court has refused to make an order for possession because it considered the claim to be a retaliatory claim (see section 217).

(2)The landlord may not give another notice under section 173 to the contract-holder before the end of the period of six months starting with the day on which the court refused to make an order for possession.

(3)This section is a fundamental provision which is incorporated as a term of all periodic standard contracts which incorporate section 173 as a term of the contract.

(3)For section 198 of the 2016 Act (restrictions on giving notice under landlord's break clause: security and deposit requirements) substitute—

198Restriction on use of landlord's break clause following retaliatory possession claim

(1)Subsection (2) applies where—

(a)a landlord (having given a contract-holder a notice under a landlord's break clause) has made a possession claim on the ground in section 199, and

(b)the court has refused to make an order for possession because it considered the claim to be a retaliatory claim (see section 217).

(2)The landlord may not give another notice under a landlord's break clause to the contract-holder before the end of the period of six months starting with the day on which the court refused to make an order for possession.

(3)This section is a fundamental provision which is incorporated as a term of all fixed term standard contracts with a landlord's break clause.

Further provision about termination of fixed term standard contractsE+W

10Notice in connection with end of term of fixed term standard contracts restricted to certain contractsE+W

(1)Section 186 of the 2016 Act (landlord's notice in connection with end of fixed term) is amended as follows—

(a)in subsection (1), after “fixed term standard contract” insert “ which is within Schedule 9B ”;

(b)omit subsection (2);

(c)in subsection (3), for “Subject to subsection (2), the” substitute “ The ”;

(d)omit subsection (4);

(e)in subsection (8) for the words from “; subsections (2)” to the end substitute “ which are within Schedule 9B. ”

(2)In the heading of section 186, at the end insert “ of contract within Schedule 9B ”.

(3)Schedule 3 inserts a new Schedule 9B into the 2016 Act (after Schedule 9A, inserted by section 6), setting out fixed term standard contracts to which section 186 of that Act applies.

11Landlord's break clause restricted to certain fixed term standard contractsE+W

(1)In section 194 of the 2016 Act (landlord's break clause)—

(a)in subsection (1) after “fixed term standard contract” insert “ which is within subsection (1A) ”;

(b)after subsection (1), insert—

(1A)A fixed term standard contract is within this subsection if—

(a)it is made for a term of two years or more, or

(b)it is within Schedule 9C (whether or not it is made for a term of two years or more).

(2)Schedule 4 inserts a new Schedule 9C into the 2016 Act (after Schedule 9B, inserted by section 10), setting out fixed term standard contracts which may contain a landlord's break clause regardless of whether they are for a term of less than two years.

Variation of periodic standard contractsE+W

12Landlord's request to vary periodic standard contract terms: removal of additional notice procedureE+W

(1)The 2016 Act is amended as follows.

(2)In section 125 (variation of contract)—

(a)in subsection (1)—

(i)for “127)—” substitute “ 127) by agreement between the landlord and the contract-holder. ”;

(ii)omit paragraphs (a) and (b);

(b)in subsection (2) omit the words from “; but subsection (1)(b)” to the end.

(3)Omit section 126 (variation by landlord: notice procedure).

(4)In section 173 (landlord's notice), omit subsection (3).

Temporary exclusion of contract-holder from dwelling under standard contractE+W

13Power to restrict right to exclude contract-holder from dwelling for specified periodsE+W

(1)The 2016 Act is amended as follows.

(2)In section 121 (exclusion of contract-holder under periodic standard contract from dwelling for specified periods), after subsection (2) insert—

(3)The Welsh Ministers may by regulations amend this Act for the purpose of—

(a)providing that subsection (1) does not apply in relation to periodic standard contracts of a particular description;

(b)providing that subsection (1) applies only in relation to periodic standard contracts of a particular description;

(c)changing, or imposing limits on, what may be provided for or specified in a periodic standard contract under subsection (1) or (2) (either generally or in relation to periodic standard contracts of a particular description);

(d)specifying circumstances (either generally or in relation to periodic standard contracts of a particular description) in which a periodic standard contract may or may not include provision under subsection (1);

(e)imposing requirements on a landlord in relation to the inclusion in a periodic standard contract of provision under subsection (1).

(3)In section 133 (exclusion of contract-holder under fixed term standard contract from dwelling for specified periods), after subsection (2) insert—

(3)The Welsh Ministers may by regulations amend this Act for the purpose of—

(a)providing that subsection (1) does not apply in relation to fixed term standard contracts of a particular description;

(b)providing that subsection (1) applies only in relation to fixed term standard contracts of a particular description;

(c)changing, or imposing limits on, what may be provided for or specified in a fixed term standard contract under subsection (1) or (2) (either generally or in relation to fixed term standard contracts of a particular description);

(d)specifying circumstances (either generally or in relation to fixed term standard contracts of a particular description) in which a fixed term standard contract may or may not include provision under subsection (1);

(e)imposing requirements on a landlord in relation to the inclusion in a fixed term standard contract of provision under subsection (1).

MiscellaneousE+W

14Miscellaneous amendments to the 2016 ActE+W

Schedule 5 provides for miscellaneous amendments to the 2016 Act.

15Service charges permitted by the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 etc.E+W

(1)In Schedule 1 to the 2019 Act (permitted payments), after paragraph 10 insert—

Service charges payable to community landlords etc.

10A(1)A payment of a service charge is a permitted payment if—

(a)it is required under a standard occupation contract, and

(b)the landlord is a community landlord.

(2)But sub-paragraph (1) does not apply in relation to—

(a)a standard occupation contract within paragraph 15 of Schedule 3 to the 2016 Act (accommodation which is not social accommodation), or

(b)a standard occupation contract mentioned in sub-paragraph (3).

(3)A payment of a service charge is a permitted payment if it is required under a standard occupation contract within section 143 of the 2016 Act (contracts relating to supported accommodation).

(4)For the purposes of this paragraph—

(2)In section 4 of the 2019 Act, after subsection (2)(h) insert—

(i)service charges;.

(3)In regulation 3 of the transitional provision Regulations—

(a)in the words before sub-paragraph (a), after “section 20,” insert “ and sub-paragraphs (2) to (3B) of paragraph 10A of Schedule 1, ”;

(b)omit the “and”at the end of sub-paragraph (d);

(c)after that sub-paragraph insert—

(da)paragraph 10A of Schedule 1 to the Act is to be read as if—

(i)for sub-paragraph (2) there were substituted—

(2)But sub-paragraph (1) does not apply in relation to⁠—

(a)a standard occupation contract where the allocation rules (within the meaning of paragraph 15 of Schedule 3 to the 2016 Act) did not apply to the making of the contract, or

(b)a standard occupation contract mentioned in sub-paragraph (3).;

(ii)for sub-paragraph (3) there were substituted—

(3)A payment of a service charge is a permitted payment if it is required under a standard occupation contract which relates to supported accommodation.;

(iii)after sub-paragraph (3) there were inserted—

(3A)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3) accommodation is “supported accommodation” if⁠—

(a)it is provided by a community landlord or registered charity (within the meaning of the 2016 Act),

(b)the landlord or charity (or a person acting on behalf of the landlord or charity) provides support services to a person entitled to occupy the accommodation, and

(c)there is a connection between provision of the accommodation and provision of the support services.

(3B)But accommodation in a care institution (within the meaning of paragraph 4 of Schedule 2 to the 2016 Act) is not supported accommodation., and.

(4)The amendments made by subsections (1), (2) and (3) of this section are to be treated for all purposes as if they came into force on 1 September 2019, except that—

(a)any notice given in contravention of section 20(1) of the 2019 Act (as modified by the transitional provision Regulations) before the coming into force of this section is to continue to be treated as having been given in contravention of that section of the 2019 Act, and

(b)any order made before the coming into force of this section under section 22(1) of the 2019 Act (orders for recovery of prohibited payments) continues to have effect.

(5)Subsection (6) applies where—

(a)before the coming into force of this section a landlord under an assured shorthold tenancy has required payment of a service charge in connection with the tenancy, and

(b)by virtue of subsection (4) of this section the payment required by the landlord is a permitted payment for the purposes of the 2019 Act (see section 4 of that Act).

(6)The landlord may not give a section 21 notice in respect of the dwelling-house let on the tenancy during the period of 6 months beginning with the day on which this section comes into force.

(7)In this section—

16Fee for further copy of written statement to be a permitted paymentE+W

(1)The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 is amended as follows.

(2)In Schedule 1 (permitted payments), after paragraph 10A insert—

Payment for further copy of written statement

10BA payment of a reasonable fee for a further written statement of a standard occupation contract is a permitted payment.

(3)In section 4, after subsection (2)(i) insert—

(j)payments in respect of further copies of a written statement.

GeneralE+W

17InterpretationE+W

In this Act—

(a)standard contract” means—

(i)a periodic standard contract under the 2016 Act;

(ii)a fixed term standard contract under that Act,

as to which, see section 8 of the 2016 Act;

(b)the 2016 Act” means the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (anaw 1).

18Minor and consequential amendmentsE+W

Schedule 6 provides for amendments to the 2016 Act and to the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 (anaw 2) which are minor or consequential.

19Coming into forceE+W

(1)This section, section 15 and sections 17 and 20 come into force on the day after the day on which this Act receives Royal Assent.

(2)Paragraph 28 of Schedule 6 comes into force on a day appointed by the Welsh Ministers in an order made by statutory instrument.

(3)The remaining provisions of this Act come into force two months after the day on which this Act receives Royal Assent.

(4)An order under subsection (2) may—

(a)make transitory, transitional or saving provision;

(b)appoint different days for different purposes.

20Short titleE+W

The short title of this Act is the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Act 2021.

(introduced by section 3)

SCHEDULE 1E+WNEW SCHEDULE 8A TO THE 2016 ACT

This Schedule sets out the new Schedule 8A to the 2016 Act, to be inserted after Schedule 8—

(introduced by sections 174, 174A, 195 and 195A)

SCHEDULE 8AE+WSTANDARD CONTRACTS WHICH CAN BE TERMINATED ON TWO MONTHS' NOTICE UNDER SECTION 173 OR A LANDLORD'S BREAK CLAUSE

Prohibited conduct standard contractsE+W

1A prohibited conduct standard contract.

Tenancies and licences which are occupation contracts because of notice given under Part 2 of Schedule 2E+W

2A standard contract which would not be an occupation contract but for a notice under paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 (holiday accommodation; care institutions; temporary expedients; shared accommodation).

Accommodation for students in higher educationE+W

3(1)A standard contract where—

(a)the landlord is a higher education institution, and

(b)the right to occupy is conferred for the purpose of enabling the contract-holder to attend a course of study at that institution, or at another higher education institution (whether or not the right to occupy is also conferred for another purpose).

(2)Higher education institution” means an institution in the higher education sector (within the meaning of section 91(5) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (c. 13)).

Supported accommodationE+W

4A supported standard contract.

Accommodation for asylum seekers, etc.E+W

5A standard contract made in order to provide accommodation under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) (support for asylum seekers, etc.).

Accommodation for homeless personsE+W

6A standard contract made as described in paragraph 11 or 12 of Schedule 2 (accommodation for homeless persons).

Service occupancyE+W

7A standard contract where the contract-holder is required by his or her contract of employment to occupy the dwelling.

Service occupancy: policeE+W

8A standard contract where—

(a)the contract-holder is a member of a police force, and

(b)the dwelling is provided for the contract-holder free of rent under regulations made under section 50 of the Police Act 1996 (c. 16) (general regulations as to government, administration and conditions of service).

Service occupancy: fire and rescue servicesE+W

9A standard contract where—

(a)the contract-holder is an employee of a fire and rescue authority,

(b)the contract-holder's contract of employment requires him or her to live in close proximity to a particular fire station, and

(c)the dwelling is provided to him or her by the fire and rescue authority in consequence of that requirement.

Temporary accommodation: land acquired for developmentE+W

10(1)A standard contract where—

(a)the land the dwelling is on (including any land occupied together with the dwelling other than agricultural land exceeding 0.809 hectares) is, or is part of, land which has been acquired for development, and

(b)the dwelling is used by the landlord as temporary housing accommodation pending development of the land.

(2)Development” has the meaning given by section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (c. 8).

Temporary accommodation: short-term arrangementsE+W

11A standard contract where—

(a)the dwelling has been let to the landlord with vacant possession for use as temporary housing accommodation,

(b)the terms on which it has been let include provision for the lessor to obtain vacant possession from the landlord at the end of a specified period or when required by the lessor,

(c)the lessor is not a community landlord, and

(d)the landlord has no interest in the dwelling other than under the lease in question or as mortgagor.

Temporary accommodation: accommodation during worksE+W

12(1)A standard contract where—

(a)the dwelling (the “temporary dwelling”) has been made available for occupation by the contract-holder while works are carried out on the dwelling previously occupied by the contract-holder as a home,

(b)the landlord of the temporary dwelling is not the same as the landlord of the dwelling previously occupied by the contract-holder (the “old dwelling”), and

(c)the contract-holder was not a contract-holder under a secure contract of the old dwelling at the time when the contract-holder ceased to occupy it as a home.

(2)In this paragraph, references to the contract-holder include references to the contract-holder's predecessor.

(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2), a person is a predecessor of a contract-holder under a standard contract if that person was an earlier contract-holder under the same contract.

Power to amend ScheduleE+W

13The Welsh Ministers may by regulations amend this Schedule.

(introduced by section 6)

SCHEDULE 2E+WNEW SCHEDULE 9A TO THE 2016 ACT

This Schedule sets out the new Schedule 9A to the 2016 Act, to be inserted (with the new Schedules 9B and 9C) after Schedule 9—

(introduced by sections 176, 186A and 197)

SCHEDULE 9AE+WSTANDARD CONTRACTS: RESTRICTIONS ON GIVING NOTICE UNDER SECTION 173, UNDER SECTION 186, AND UNDER A LANDLORD'S BREAK CLAUSE

PART 1 E+WTHE RESTRICTIONS
Failure to provide written statementE+W

1A landlord may not give notice at a time when—

(a)the contract-holder has not been given a written statement of the contract under section 31(1) (requirement to provide written statement at the start of a contract), or

(b)the landlord is aware that the identity of the contract-holder has changed, and the new contract-holder has not been given a written statement of the contract under section 31(2) (requirement to give written statement to a new contract-holder).

Six month restriction following failure to provide written statement within the period specified in section 31E+W

2A landlord who has failed to comply with section 31(1) or (2) may not give notice during the period of six months starting with the day on which the landlord gave a written statement of the contract to the contract-holder.

Failure to provide informationE+W

3A landlord may not give notice at a time when the landlord has not provided a notice required under section 39 (duty to provide information).

Breach of security and deposit requirementsE+W

4(1)A landlord may not give notice at a time when security required by the landlord in connection with the contract in a form not permitted by section 43 has not been returned to the person by whom it was given.

(2)A landlord may not give a notice at a time when any of sub-paragraphs (3) to (5) apply unless—

(a)a deposit paid in connection with the contract has been returned to the contract-holder (or any person who paid the deposit on the contract-holder's behalf) either in full or with such deduction as may have been agreed, or

(b)an application to the county court has been made under paragraph 2 of Schedule 5 and has been determined by the county court, withdrawn, or settled by agreement between the parties.

(3)This sub-paragraph applies if a deposit has been paid in connection with the contract but the initial requirements of an authorised deposit scheme have not been complied with.

(4)This sub-paragraph applies if a deposit has been paid in connection with the contract but the landlord has not provided the information required by section 45(2)(b).

(5)This sub-paragraph applies if a deposit paid in connection with the contract is not being held in accordance with an authorised deposit scheme.

Prohibited payments and holding deposits under the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 (anaw 2)E+W

5(1)A landlord may not give a notice at a time when—

(a)a prohibited payment (within the meaning of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019) has been made in relation to the contract as described in section 2 or 3 of that Act, and

(b)that prohibited payment has not been repaid.

(2)A landlord may not give a notice at a time when—

(a)a holding deposit (within the meaning of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019) paid in relation to the contract has not been repaid, and

(b)the failure to repay the deposit amounts to a breach of the requirements of Schedule 2 to that Act.

(3)In determining for the purposes of this paragraph whether a prohibited payment or a holding deposit has been repaid, the payment or deposit is to be treated as having been repaid to the extent (if any) that it has been applied towards either or both of the following⁠—

(a)a payment of rent under the contract;

(b)a payment required as security in respect of the contract.

Meaning of “notice”E+W

6In this Schedule, “notice” means notice under—

(a)section 173 (landlord's notice under a periodic standard contract);

(b)section 186 (landlord's notice in connection with end of fixed term);

(c)a landlord's break clause in a fixed term standard contract.

PART 2 E+WFURTHER PROVISION
Fundamental provisionE+W

7(1)Part 1 of this Schedule is a fundamental provision which is incorporated as a term of all—

(a)periodic standard contracts which incorporate section 173 as a term of the contract,

(b)fixed term standard contracts which incorporate section 186 as a term of the contract, and

(c)fixed term standard contracts which have a landlord's break clause.

(2)Section 20 provides that Part 1 of this Schedule—

(a)must be incorporated, and

(b)must not be incorporated with modifications.

Power to amend ScheduleE+W

8The Welsh Ministers may by regulations amend this Schedule.

(introduced by section 10)

SCHEDULE 3E+WNEW SCHEDULE 9B TO THE 2016 ACT

This Schedule sets out the new Schedule 9B to the 2016 Act, to be inserted (with the new Schedules 9A and 9C) after Schedule 9—

(introduced by section 186)

SCHEDULE 9BE+WFIXED TERM STANDARD CONTRACTS WHICH CAN BE TERMINATED BY GIVING NOTICE UNDER SECTION 186

Tenancies and licences which are occupation contracts because of notice given under Part 2 of Schedule 2E+W

1A standard contract which would not be an occupation contract but for a notice under paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 (holiday accommodation; care institutions; temporary expedients; shared accommodation).

Supported accommodationE+W

2A supported standard contract.

Accommodation for asylum seekers, etc.E+W

3A standard contract made in order to provide accommodation under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) (support for asylum seekers, etc.).

Accommodation for homeless personsE+W

4A standard contract made as described in paragraph 11 or 12 of Schedule 2 (accommodation for homeless persons).

Service occupancyE+W

5A standard contract where the contract-holder is required by his or her contract of employment to occupy the dwelling.

Service occupancy: policeE+W

6A standard contract where—

(a)the contract-holder is a member of a police force, and

(b)the dwelling is provided for the contract-holder free of rent under regulations made under section 50 of the Police Act 1996 (c. 16) (general regulations as to government, administration and conditions of service).

Service occupancy: fire and rescue servicesE+W

7A standard contract where—

(a)the contract-holder is an employee of a fire and rescue authority,

(b)the contract-holder's contract of employment requires him or her to live in close proximity to a particular fire station, and

(c)the dwelling is provided to him or her by the fire and rescue authority in consequence of that requirement.

Temporary accommodation: land acquired for developmentE+W

8(1)A standard contract where—

(a)the land the dwelling is on (including any land occupied together with the dwelling other than agricultural land exceeding 0.809 hectares) is, or is part of, land which has been acquired for development, and

(b)the dwelling is used by the landlord as temporary housing accommodation pending development of the land.

(2)Development” has the meaning given by section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (c. 8).

Temporary accommodation: short-term arrangementsE+W

9A standard contract where—

(a)the dwelling has been let to the landlord with vacant possession for use as temporary housing accommodation,

(b)the terms on which it has been let include provision for the lessor to obtain vacant possession from the landlord at the end of a specified period or when required by the lessor,

(c)the lessor is not a community landlord, and

(d)the landlord has no interest in the dwelling other than under the lease in question or as mortgagor.

Temporary accommodation: accommodation during worksE+W

10(1)A standard contract where—

(a)the dwelling (the “temporary dwelling”) has been made available for occupation by the contract-holder while works are carried out on the dwelling previously occupied by the contract-holder as a home,

(b)the landlord of the temporary dwelling is not the same as the landlord of the dwelling previously occupied by the contract-holder (the “old dwelling”), and

(c)the contract-holder was not a contract-holder under a secure contract of the old dwelling at the time when the contract-holder ceased to occupy it as a home.

(2)In this paragraph, references to the contract-holder include references to the contract-holder's predecessor.

(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2), a person is a predecessor of a contract-holder under a standard contract if that person was an earlier contract-holder under the same contract.

Power to amend ScheduleE+W

11The Welsh Ministers may by regulations amend this Schedule.

(introduced by section 11)

SCHEDULE 4E+WNEW SCHEDULE 9C TO THE 2016 ACT

This Schedule sets out the new Schedule 9C to the 2016 Act, to be inserted (with the new Schedules 9A and 9B) after Schedule 9—

(introduced by section 194)

SCHEDULE 9CE+WFIXED TERM STANDARD CONTRACTS WHICH MAY CONTAIN A LANDLORD'S BREAK CLAUSE EVEN IF MADE FOR A TERM OF LESS THAN TWO YEARS

Tenancies and licences which are occupation contracts because of notice given under Part 2 of Schedule 2E+W

1A standard contract which would not be an occupation contract but for a notice under paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 (holiday accommodation; care institutions; temporary expedients; shared accommodation).

Supported accommodationE+W

2A supported standard contract.

Accommodation for asylum seekers, etc.E+W

3A standard contract made in order to provide accommodation under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) (support for asylum seekers, etc.).

Accommodation for homeless personsE+W

4A standard contract made as described in paragraph 11 or 12 of Schedule 2 (accommodation for homeless persons).

Service occupancyE+W

5A standard contract where the contract-holder is required by his or her contract of employment to occupy the dwelling.

Service occupancy: policeE+W

6A standard contract where—

(a)the contract-holder is a member of a police force, and

(b)the dwelling is provided for the contract-holder free of rent under regulations made under section 50 of the Police Act 1996 (c. 16) (general regulations as to government, administration and conditions of service).

Service occupancy: fire and rescue servicesE+W

7A standard contract where—

(a)the contract-holder is an employee of a fire and rescue authority,

(b)the contract-holder's contract of employment requires him or her to live in close proximity to a particular fire station, and

(c)the dwelling is provided to him or her by the fire and rescue authority in consequence of that requirement.

Temporary accommodation: land acquired for developmentE+W

8(1)A standard contract where—

(a)the land the dwelling is on (including any land occupied together with the dwelling other than agricultural land exceeding 0.809 hectares) is, or is part of, land which has been acquired for development, and

(b)the dwelling is used by the landlord as temporary housing accommodation pending development of the land.

(2)Development” has the meaning given by section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (c. 8).

Temporary accommodation: short-term arrangementsE+W

9A standard contract where—

(a)the dwelling has been let to the landlord with vacant possession for use as temporary housing accommodation,

(b)the terms on which it has been let include provision for the lessor to obtain vacant possession from the landlord at the end of a specified period or when required by the lessor,

(c)the lessor is not a community landlord, and

(d)the landlord has no interest in the dwelling other than under the lease in question or as mortgagor.

Temporary accommodation: accommodation during worksE+W

10(1)A standard contract where—

(a)the dwelling (the “temporary dwelling”) has been made available for occupation by the contract-holder while works are carried out on the dwelling previously occupied by the contract-holder as a home,

(b)the landlord of the temporary dwelling is not the same as the landlord of the dwelling previously occupied by the contract-holder (the “old dwelling”), and

(c)the contract-holder was not a contract-holder under a secure contract of the old dwelling at the time when the contract-holder ceased to occupy it as a home.

(2)In this paragraph, references to the contract-holder include references to the contract-holder's predecessor.

(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2), a person is a predecessor of a contract-holder under a standard contract if that person was an earlier contract-holder under the same contract.

Power to amend ScheduleE+W

11The Welsh Ministers may by regulations amend this Schedule.

(introduced by section 14)

SCHEDULE 5E+WMISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS TO THE 2016 ACT

IntroductoryE+W

1E+WThe 2016 Act is amended as follows.

Modification and variation of fundamental provisionsE+W

2(1)In section 20 (incorporation and modification of fundamental provisions)—E+W

(a)in subsection (1), in paragraph (b), omit “in the contract-holder's opinion,”;

(b)in subsection (2), in paragraph (b), omit “in the contract-holder's opinion,”.

(2)In section 108 (limitation on variation: secure contracts), in subsection (3), in paragraph (a)(ii) omit “in the contract-holder's opinion”.

(3)In section 127 (limitation on variation: periodic standard contracts), in subsection (3), in paragraph (a)(ii) omit “in the contract-holder's opinion”.

(4)In section 135 (limitation on variation: fixed term standard contracts), in subsection (3), in paragraph (a)(ii) omit “in the contract-holder's opinion”.

Editorial changes to written statementE+W

3E+WIn section 33 (editorial changes to written statement), in subsection (2) omit the words from “; for example” to the end.

Amendment of references to “the relevant date” in sections 110, 129 and 137E+W

4E+WIn subsection (7) of each of—

(a)section 110 (secure contracts: failure to provide written statement etc.),

(b)section 129 (periodic standard contracts: failure to provide written statement etc.), and

(c)section 137 (fixed term standard contracts: failure to provide written statement etc.),

for the words from “references” to the end substitute “, in subsection (3) of both of those sections, for the words from “starting” to the end there were substituted “ starting with the day on which the contract was varied ””.

Secure tenancies that are housing association tenancies to be capable of becoming occupation contractsE+W

5(1)In section 242 (interpretation of Chapter 3 of Part 10), in the definition of “secure tenancy”, omit the words from “, but it does not include a housing association tenancy” to the end.E+W

(2)In Schedule 2 (exceptions to section 7), in paragraph 7 (tenancies and licences that are never occupation contracts), omit sub-paragraph (3)(d).

Power to make provision relating to the abolition of assured, secure and other tenancies E+W

6(1)After section 239 (abolition of assured, secure and other tenancies) insert—E+W

239APower to make provision about certain tenancies and licences

(1)The Welsh Ministers may by regulations amend this Act for the purpose of—

(a)providing that certain provisions do not apply in relation to a tenancy or licence to which subsection (2) applies;

(b)making new provision which only applies to a tenancy or licence to which subsection (2) applies;

(c)making provision in relation to the end of the term of a long tenancy (within the meaning of paragraph 8 of Schedule 2).

(2)This subsection applies to any tenancy or licence which would, but for section 239, have been a tenancy or licence of the kind listed in subsection (1) of that section, or would have been treated as a tenancy or licence of that kind.

(3)Regulations under this section may make provision about tenancies or licences which are not, and cannot be, occupation contracts.

(2)In section 256 (regulations), in subsection (4), after paragraph (g) insert—

(ga)section 239A (power to make provision about certain tenancies and licences),.

Dwellings on border between Wales and EnglandE+W

7E+WIn section 246 (meaning of “dwelling”), in subsection (1) omit “wholly”.

Power to amend legislation enacted or made after the 2016 Act received Royal AssentE+W

8E+WIn section 255 (power to make consequential etc. provision), in subsection (2) omit the words from “enacted or made” to the end.

Removal of references to accommodation for displaced personsE+W

9(1)In Schedule 3 (occupation contracts made with or adopted by community landlords which may be standard contracts), omit paragraph 5.E+W

(2)In Schedule 9 (standard contracts to which limits in sections 175, 186(2) and 196 do not apply), omit paragraph 5.

Amendment to Schedule 3: student accommodationE+W

10E+WIn Schedule 3 (occupation contracts made with or adopted by community landlords which may be standard contracts), in paragraph 10(1), for “for the purpose of enabling” substitute “ for the sole purpose of enabling ”.

Minor amendments to the Welsh textE+W

11(1)In section 61 (failure to comply with conditions imposed by head landlord), in the Welsh language text, in subsection (5) for “wedi ei wneud yn” substitute “wedi ei wneud mewn modd nad yw'n”.E+W

(2)In section 163 (contract-holder's notice), in the Welsh language text, in subsection (2) for “meddiannaeth” substitute “ diogel ”.

(3)In section 165 (recovery of possession), in the Welsh language text, in subsection (3) for “meddiannaeth” substitute “ diogel ”.

(4)In section 236 (form of notices, statements and other documents), in the Welsh language text, in subsection (5) for “wedi ei ddilysu” substitute “ ardystiedig ”.

(5)In Schedule 11 (suitable alternative accommodation), in the Welsh language text, in paragraph 3, in sub-paragraph (2)(a), for “diogelwch meddiant iddo” substitute “sicrwydd iddo o ran meddiannaeth”.

(introduced by section 18)

SCHEDULE 6E+WMINOR AND CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS

The 2016 ActE+W

1E+WThe 2016 Act is amended as follows.

2E+WIn section 20 (incorporation and modification of fundamental provisions), in subsection (3)—

(a)omit paragraphs (k) to (o), and the “and” which follows paragraph (o);

(b)after paragraph (p), insert , and

(q)Part 1 of Schedule 9A (restrictions on giving notice under sections 173 and 186 and under a landlord's break clause).

3E+WIn section 22 (powers in relation to fundamental provisions), omit subsection (3).

4E+WIn section 34 (failure to provide written statement), after subsection (5) insert—

(6)Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 9A make provision relating to periodic standard contracts, and fixed term standard contracts which incorporate section 186 or which have a landlord's break clause, preventing a landlord from giving a notice (under section 173 or 186 or under a landlord's break clause) requiring a contract-holder to give up possession if the landlord has not provided a written statement of the contract under section 31(1) or (2).

5E+WIn section 37 (incorrect statement: contract-holder's application to court), in subsection (2), in paragraph (b) for “, 124(2) to (4) or 126(1) to (4)” substitute “ or 124(2) to (4) ”.

6E+WIn section 39 (provision by landlord of information about landlord), for subsection (4) substitute—

(4)Paragraph 3 of Schedule 9A makes provision relating to periodic standard contracts, and fixed term standard contracts which incorporate section 186 or which have a landlord's break clause, preventing a landlord from giving a notice (under section 173 or 186 or under a landlord's break clause) requiring a contract-holder to give up possession if the landlord has not provided a notice required under this section.

(5)Subsections (1) to (3) of this section are fundamental provisions which are incorporated as a term of all occupation contracts.

7E+WIn section 46 (deposit schemes: further provision), in subsection (2) for the words from “Sections 177 and 198 make” to “giving a notice” substitute “ Paragraph 4 of Schedule 9A makes provision relating to periodic standard contracts, and fixed term standard contracts which incorporate section 186 or which have a landlord's break clause, preventing a landlord from giving a notice (under section 173 or 186 or under a landlord's break clause) ”.

8E+WIn section 65 (extended possession order against sub-holder), in subsection (3), in paragraph (a) for the words from “copy” to “that section” substitute “ notice in accordance with section 64(2) ”.

9E+WIn section 122 (variation), in subsection (1), in paragraph (a) for “126” substitute “ 125 ”.

10E+WIn section 127 (limitation on variation: periodic standard contracts), in subsection (2)—

(a)in paragraph (b) omit “and section 177 (breach of deposit requirements)”;

(b)omit paragraph (i), and the “and” which follows it;

(c)after paragraph (j) insert , and

(k)Part 1 of Schedule 9A (restrictions on giving landlord's notice under sections 173: breach of statutory obligations).

11E+WIn section 128 (written statement of variation), in subsection (1) for “, 124(2) to (4) or 126(1) to (4)” substitute “ or 124(2) to (4) ”.

12E+WIn section 135 (limitation on variation: fixed term standard contracts)—

(a)in subsection (2)—

(i)omit paragraphs (i) and (j) (but not the “and” which follows paragraph (j));

(ii)for paragraph (k) substitute—

(k)Part 1 of Schedule 9A (restrictions on giving notice under section 186 and under a landlord's break clause: breach of statutory obligations).;

(b)in subsection (6) omit the words from “, but subsection (2)(k)” to ”break clause”.

13E+WIn section 147 (overview of Part 9), in table 1, in the right hand column of the entry for Chapter 1, for “section 161” substitute “ section 160 ”.

14E+WIn section 150 (possession notices), in subsection (1)—

(a)after “contract-holder” insert “ under any of the following sections ”;

(b)at the end insert

(a)section 159 (in relation to a breach of contract by a contract-holder);

(b)section 161 (in relation to estate management grounds);

(c)section 166, 171 or 192 (in relation to a contract-holder's notice);

(d)section 182 or 188 (in relation to serious rent arrears under a standard contract).

15E+WIn section 175 (restriction on giving notice under section 173 in first four months of occupation), in subsection (4) omit the words from “and section 20” to the end.

16E+WIn section 181 (serious rent arrears), in subsection (1), for “in serious rent arrears” substitute “ seriously in arrears with his or her rent ”.

17E+WIn section 183 (relevance of events under fixed term standard contract to periodic standard contract arising at end of fixed term)—

(a)in subsection (1)—

(i)omit the “or” after paragraph (a);

(ii)after paragraph (b) insert or

(c)a notice under a landlord's break clause,;

(b)for subsection (2) substitute—

(2)Sections 179 and 180—

(a)apply to a notice under section 186(1) as they apply to a notice under section 173, and

(b)apply to a possession claim made on the ground in section 186(5) in reliance on such a notice as they apply to a possession claim made on the ground in section 178 in reliance on a notice under section 173.

18E+WIn section 196 (restrictions on use of landlord's break clause in first four months of occupation), in subsection (4) omit the words from “and section 20” to the end.

19E+WIn section 204 (possession claims), in subsection (1), in paragraph (a)—

(a)for “following sections” substitute “ following provisions ”;

(b)omit sub-paragraph (i);

(c)in sub-paragraph (vi), for “during first four months” substitute “ until after the first six months ”;

(d)in sub-paragraph (vii), for “176 , 177” substitute “ 177, 177A ”;

(e)in sub-paragraph (xii), for “during first four months” substitute “ until after the first 18 months ”;

(f)in sub-paragraph (xiii), omit “197,”;

(g)after sub-paragraph (xiv) (and before the “or” that follows it) insert—

(xv)Schedule 9A (restrictions on giving notice under sections 173 and 186 and under a landlord's break clause: breach of statutory obligations),.

20E+WIn section 253 (index of terms), in table 2, in the right hand column of the entry for “possession notice”, for “section 150” substitute “ sections 159, 161, 166, 171, 182, 188 and 192 (and see also section 150) ”.

21E+WIn section 256 (regulations)—

(a)in subsection (2) for “an enactment other than a provision of this Act” substitute “ any enactment (including a provision of this Act) ”;

(b)in subsection (4)—

(i)after paragraph (d) insert—

(da)section 121 (power to amend Act in relation to power under periodic standard contract to exclude contract-holder from dwelling for specified periods),

(db)section 133 (power to amend Act in relation to power under fixed term standard contract to exclude contract-holder from dwelling for specified periods),;

(ii)after paragraph (l) insert—

(la)paragraph 13 of Schedule 8A (power to amend that Schedule),'

(c)after paragraph (m) (and before the “and” that follows it) insert—

(ma)paragraph 8 of Schedule 9A (power to amend that Schedule),

(mb)paragraph 11 of Schedule 9B (power to amend that Schedule),

(mc)paragraph 11 of Schedule 9C (power to amend that Schedule),.

22(1)Schedule 1 (overview of fundamental provisions incorporated as terms of occupation contracts) is amended as follows.E+W

(2)In Part 2 (periodic standard contracts), in table 4—

(a)in the entry for sections 122 to 128, in the third column (notes)—

(i)for “122(1)(a)” substitute “ 122(1)(b) ”, and

(ii)omit the words from “Sections 125(1)(b) and 126 are not incorporated” to the end;

(b)in the entry for sections 173 to 180—

(i)for the text in the first column (fundamental provision) substitute ”Sections 173 to 175 and 177 to 180, and Part 1 of Schedule 9A”;

(ii)for the text in the third column (notes) substitute “ If section 173 is not incorporated, sections 174 to 177A and Schedule 9A do not apply; but if a contract incorporates section 173, Part 1 of Schedule 9A must be incorporated without modification. Section 174A applies instead of section 174 to a contract that is within Schedule 8A, and section 175 does not apply to a contract that is within Schedule 9 (even if section 173 is incorporated). ”

(3)In Part 3 (fixed term standard contracts), in table 5—

(a)in the entry for section 186, for the text in the third column (notes) substitute “ Only applies if contract is within Schedule 9B. If contract incorporates section 186, Part 1 of Schedule 9A must be incorporated without modification. ”;

(b)in the entry for sections 195 to 201—

(i)for the text in the first column (fundamental provision) substitute ”Sections 195, 195A and 196, and 198 to 201, and Part 1 of Schedule 9A”;

(ii)for the text in the third column (notes) substitute “ Only apply if contract has a landlord's break clause; but if a contract has a landlord's break clause, Part 1 of Schedule 9A must be incorporated without modification. Section 195A applies instead of section 195 to a contract that is within Schedule 8A, and section 196 does not apply to a contract that is within Schedule 9. ”

23E+WIn Schedule 3 (occupation contracts made with or adopted by community landlords which may be standard contracts), in paragraph 4, and in the cross-heading which precedes it, after “seekers” insert “ , etc. ”.

24E+WIn Schedule 4 (introductory standard contracts), in paragraph 3, in sub-paragraph (7) omit the words from “; the power under section 256(2)” to the end.

25(1)Schedule 7 (prohibited conduct standard contracts) is amended as follows.E+W

(2)In paragraph 2, in sub-paragraph (8) for “during first four months” substitute “ until after the first six months ”.

(3)In paragraph 4, in sub-paragraph (7) omit the words from “; the power under section 256(2)” to the end.

26(1)Schedule 9 (standard contracts to which limits in sections 175, 186(2) and 196 do not apply) is amended as follows.E+W

(2)In paragraph 3 for “standard contract which relates to supported accommodation” substitute “ supported standard contract ”.

(3)In paragraph 4, and in the cross-heading which precedes it, after “seekers” insert “ , etc. ”.

(4)In the heading—

(a)omit “, 186(2)”;

(b)for “(LANDLORD'S NOTICE DURING FIRST SIX MONTHS OF OCCUPATION)” substitute “(WHEN LANDLORD'S NOTICE MAY BE GIVEN)”.

(5)In the words of introduction omit “, 186”.

27(1)Schedule 12 (conversion of tenancies and licences existing before commencement of Chapter 3 of Part 10 of the 2016 Act) is amended as follows.E+W

(2)In paragraph 11 (written statement of converted contract), after sub-paragraph (1) insert⁠—

(1A)Section 31(2) (provision of written statement to new contract-holder) does not apply in relation to a converted contract during the information provision period.

(3)After paragraph 12 (provision of information) insert—

12A(1)Schedule 9A (restrictions on giving notice under section 173, under section 186, and under a landlord's break clause) applies in relation to a converted contract as if—

(a)paragraph 1 were omitted, and

(b)for paragraph 2 there were substituted—

Failure to provide written statement within the specified periodE+W

2If—

(a)a landlord is required to provide a written statement of the contract under paragraph 11(1) of Schedule 12, or under section 31(2) (where it is not disapplied by paragraph 11(1A) of that Schedule), and

(b)the landlord has failed to comply with paragraph 11(1) or section 31(2),

the landlord may not give notice before the end of the period of six months starting with the day on which the landlord gave the written statement to the contract-holder.

(4)In paragraph 23 (introductory standard contracts), in sub-paragraph (3) after “as if”  insert

(a)in section 174 (landlord's notice: minimum notice period), the reference in subsection (1) to “six months” were a reference to “two months”,

(b)in section 175 (landlord's notice: notice may not be given until after first six months of occupation), the references in subsections (1) and (2) (and the heading) to “six months” were references to “four months”, and

(c).

(5)After paragraph 25 (termination of contract by landlord) insert—

25A(1)This paragraph applies to a periodic standard contract which immediately before the appointed day was an assured shorthold tenancy.

(2)This Act applies as if—

(a)in section 174 (landlord's notice: minimum notice period), the reference in subsection (1) to “six months” were a reference to “two months”, and

(b)in section 175 (landlord's notice: notice may not be given until after first six months of occupation), the references in subsections (1) and (2) (and the heading) to “six months” were references to “four months”.

(6)After paragraph 25A (inserted by sub-paragraph (5)) insert—

25B(1)This paragraph applies to a fixed term standard contract which—

(a)immediately before the appointed day was a tenancy or licence for a fixed term, and

(b)is not within Schedule 9B.

(2)The landlord may, before or on the last day of the term for which the contract was made, give the contract-holder notice that he or she must give up possession of the dwelling on a date specified in the notice.

(3)The specified date may not be less than six months after—

(a)the occupation date (see paragraph 31), or

(b)if, immediately before the appointed day, the converted contract was a substitute tenancy or licence, the day on which the contract-holder became entitled to occupy the dwelling under the original tenancy or licence.

(4) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), the specified date—

(a)may not be before the last day of the term for which the converted contract was made, and

(b)may not be less than two months after the day on which the notice is given to the contract-holder.

(5)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)—

(a)a converted contract was a substitute tenancy or licence if—

(i)the occupation date of the converted contract falls immediately after the end of a preceding tenancy or licence,

(ii)immediately before the occupation date of the converted contract a tenant or licensee under the contract was a tenant or licensee under the preceding tenancy or licence, and a landlord under the converted contract was a landlord under the preceding tenancy or licence, and

(iii)the converted contract relates to the same (or substantially the same) dwelling as the preceding tenancy or licence, and

(b)original tenancy or licence” means—

(i)where the substitute tenancy or licence has an occupation date falling immediately after the end of a tenancy or licence which is not a substitute tenancy or licence, the tenancy or licence which preceded the substitute tenancy or licence;

(ii)where there have been successive substitute tenancies or licences, the tenancy or licence which preceded the first of the substitute tenancies or licences.

(6)If the landlord gives the contract-holder a notice under sub-paragraph (2), the landlord may on that ground make a possession claim.

(7)The landlord may not make a possession claim on that ground before the end of the fixed term standard contract.

(8)Sub-paragraphs (2) to (7) are fundamental provisions which are incorporated as a term of all fixed term standard contracts to which this paragraph applies.

25CWhere paragraph 25B applies, this Act applies as if—

(a)references to section 186 include a reference to paragraph 25B,

(b)references to a notice under section 186(1) include a reference to a notice under paragraph 25B(2), and

(c)references to the ground in section 186(5) include a reference to the ground in paragraph 25B(6).

(7)After paragraph 25C (inserted by sub-paragraph (6)) insert—

25D(1)This paragraph applies to a fixed term standard contract which, immediately before the appointed day, was a tenancy or licence for a fixed term containing a landlord's break clause.

(2)This Act applies as if—

(a)in section 194 (landlord's break clause)—

(i)in subsection (1), the words “which is within subsection (1A)” were omitted, and

(ii)subsection (1A) were omitted,

(b)in section 195 (minimum notice period), the reference in subsection (1) to “six months” were a reference to “two months”,

(c)in section 196 (landlord's notice: notice may not be given until after first 18 months of occupation), the reference in subsection (1) (and the heading) to “18 months” were a reference to “four months”, and

(d)Schedule 9C were omitted.

Prospective

Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019E+W

28(1)The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 (anaw 2) is amended as followsE+W

(2)In section 6 (application of sections 2 to 5 of that Act to pre-existing requirements and contracts), omit paragraph (b).

(3)Omit section 25 (assured tenancies).