16 March 2017 | Comment | Article by Rebecca Rees
The Welsh Government has issued a consultation document seeking views upon draft guidance related to supported accommodation particularly from those who provide supported housing and/or support services, as well as service users and organisations who support them.
The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 is the first piece of housing legislation which is specific to supported accommodation. Under the Act, providers of supported accommodation will be able to temporarily exclude a contract holder for a period of up to 48 hours, no more than three times in a six month period. Landlords can also determine that a tenancy or licence for supported accommodation will not be an occupation contract for the first six months after its inception and there are provisions in the Act allowing this period to be extended. The consent of the local authority is required.
The consultation seeks responses upon a draft statutory guidance which will apply where the power to exclude is considered or exercised, and upon a draft non-statutory guidance which will assist landlords and local authorities when considering an extension of the period before a tenancy or licence becomes an occupation contract.
Responses are sought by 28th April. The consultation documents are available here.
If you would like to discuss this further with us please contact Rebecca Rees or Bethan Gladwyn.