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Consultation

Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the general principles of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill.

In scrutinising the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1, the Committee has agreed the following terms of reference:

To consider:

  • the general principles of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill and the need for legislation to deliver the stated policy intention. In coming to a view on this you may wish to consider addressing the individual Parts of the Bill:
    • Part 2 – Prohibition of certain payments etc
    • Part 3 – Treatment of holding deposits
    • Part 4 – Enforcement
    • Part 5 – Recovery of amount by contract-holder
    • Part 6 – Publicising letting agents fees
    • Part 7 – Final Provisions
    • Schedule 1 – Permitted payments
    • Schedule 2 – Treatment of holding deposit
  • any potential barriers to the implementation of the Bill’s provisions and whether the Bill takes account of them,
  • the appropriateness of the powers in the Bill for Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation (as set out in Chapter 6 of Part 1 of the Explanatory Memorandum).
  • whether there are any unintended consequences arising from the Bill, and
  • the financial implications of the Bill (as set out in Part 2 of the Explanatory Memorandum).

Providing written evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Focus groups and meetings

We will be holding focus groups and meetings across Wales over the summer for private tenants, private landlords and letting agents to allow them the opportunity to share their views, ideas and experiences in relation to the Bill. If you would like to take part in a meeting or focus group, please contact rhys.jones@assembly.wales for more information.

Online discussion board

We have also created an online discussion board to allow you to share your views, experiences and ideas on the Bill and whether this proposed law will achieve what the Welsh Government has set out to do. To share you view please use the link below:

https://senedd.dialogue-app.com/improving-access-to-private-sector-housing-2013-renting-homes-fees-etc-wales-bill-gwella-mynediad-at-dai-yn-y-sector-preifat-y-bil-rhentu-cartrefi-ffioedd-etc-cymru

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

Email: SeneddCommunities@assembly.wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565

 

 

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