SUMMARY OF THE LATEST NEWS ITEMS
There is a presumption that any renewals undertaken by tenants are an ‘improvement’, but that’s not necessarily always the case. What is seen as a renewal by the tenant, can in fact be a demotion of a standard, that’s why in tenancy terms there is a standard clause contained in contracts that requires the consent of landlords before making an improvement or altering fixtures in a property. Read full article
Renting Homes – Illustrative Model Contract consultation event
The Welsh Government is consulting on what the contracts under the Renting Homes proposals could look like, together with examples of the sort of supporting guidance that will need to be provided. Read full article
How a Council is ‘Making welfare work – locally’
Many local authorities in Wales are working hard to help mitigate the impact of welfare reforms. Clearly proactive work is helping to understand the impacts and help tenants to cope with the changes. View full article
Valleys to Coast Housing Association supported by partners, have informed their tenants they can appeal the bedroom tax in a new leaflet that explains that even if you have been awarded Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) you may still be able to appeal bedroom tax decision, read full article
Welsh Tenants have been informed that due to concerns raised about work related conditions for JSA claimants who are homeless the Department for Work and Pensions are introducing ‘easements’ from Monday 21 July. View full article
Welsh Tenants are pleased to be supporting and working with CIH Cymru as the professional body for housing, the Residential Landlords Association and National Landlords Association to ensure that there is a strong tenants’ voice on all matters relating to private rented sector… read full article
Welsh Tenants were pleased to be able to exhibit and take part in the People & Homes conference organised by Shelter Cymru (July 7th). The event heard the Minster for Housing and regeneration Carl Sargeant AM address the conference expressing his concern about the impact of the UK austerity measures were having on the citizens on Wales, but also his pride at delivering Wales first Housing Act… read full article
The National Assembly for Wales has passed the Housing (Wales) Bill Tuesday, 8 July.
The Minister for Housing and Regeneration thanked the National Assembly and stakeholders for their detailed engagement with the Bill. This is a significant Bill which will make real improvements to people’s lives here in Wales, helping to meet people’s housing needs, improve the private rented sector and prevent homelessness.
More information and the final Stage 4 version of the Bill can be found here
It will be at least four weeks before the bill can proceed for Royal Assent and become an Act of the National Assembly for Wales.
The charter is aimed at social landlords seeking to involve their tenants in monitoring not just the bricks and mortar of WHGS planning and delivery but also services.
A helpful tool has been developed with the support of Caerphilly Tenants Information Exchange, Caerphilly CBC and APA Ltd together with the Welsh Tenants and funded by the Tenant Empowerment Grant scheme: click here to download charter