The snappily named Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Act 2019 (Transitional Provision for Assured Shorthold Tenancies) Regulation 2019 was published on 22 July 2019 so as to bring Parts 1 to 5 and Part 7  of the Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Act 2019 (RH(Fe)(W)A 2019) into force from 1 September 2019.

Among the provisions being enacted on 1 September 2019 are the following:-

  • A landlord is restricted from giving notice under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 if they have required a prohibited payment and, having been made, that payment has not been returned;
  • Landlords, letting agents and other will be prohibited from taking payment as consideration for the grant, renewal or continuance of a standard occupation contract; and
  • Only those payments permitted under Schedule 1 of the RH(Fe)(W)A 2019 will be permitted.

The Regulations will not apply to cross-border properties.