Helping you understand Welsh law


Housing is devolved to Wales and the Welsh Government is committed to increasing the supply and choice of housing, improving the quality of housing and improving housing services and support.

Housing law covers a variety of subject areas, including the terms of residential tenancies, the quality and safety of housing and the provision of social housing and accommodation for the homeless. 

The National Assembly has legislated to modernise housing law in Wales. The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 provides a new system of regulation for landlords and letting agents in the private rented sector, and reforms the law on homelessness. The Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 created a new system of regulation for persons running residential caravan sites (but not holiday sites) and protections for persons who live on residential caravan sites.  The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will create a simpler set of rules for residential tenancies.

The Welsh Ministers regulate the social housing sector in Wales, whether that housing is provided by local authorities or registered social landlords (such as housing associations).  Amongst other things, the Welsh Ministers are responsible for deciding who is eligible for social housing and the quality standards which social housing must satisfy.

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