The Renting Homes Act is the biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades.

From the 1st December 2022 the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 changed the way Housing Associations in Wales rent their properties. It will improve how you rent, manage, and live in rented homes in Wales.

Under this law, new and existing tenants will become known as ‘contract-holders’ and tenancy agreements will be replaced with ‘occupation contracts.’ As a Cadwyn tenant you will be issued with a new contract after the 1st December 2022.

Read our jargon buster page for some of the terminology you may read in the written statement from Cadwyn.

Who is affected by the new law?

All social and private tenants will see some changes:

  • in the way their contracts are provided
  • in the way their homes are maintained
  • to how they communicate with their landlords

All social and private landlords, including those who rent their properties through management companies or agents, will need to:

  • comply with the new law
  • make the necessary updates to their properties and paperwork

What does the new law mean for you (our tenants)?


Under the new law, tenants will become known as ‘contract-holders’. Tenancy agreements will be replaced with ‘occupation contracts’.

The new law will make renting easier and provide greater security.

For contract-holders this will mean:

  • receiving a written contract setting out your rights and responsibilities
  • an increase in the ‘no fault’ notice period from two to six months
  • greater protection from eviction
  • improved succession rights, who has a right to continue to live in a dwelling, for example after the current tenant dies
  • more flexible arrangements for joint contract-holders, making it easier to add or remove others to an occupation contract

If you would like to know more about how the new legislation will affect you, please visit Welsh Government for more information. You can also call Cadwyn on 02920 498 898 or email: and we will be able to answer your questions.