Chair’s Blog: Renting Homes (Wales) Bill

Christine Chapman

I’m Christine Chapman (@ChrisChapmanAM), the Chair of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee.

About the Bill

In February, the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths AM, introduced the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill into the Assembly.

The Bill aims to reform the legal basis in Wales for renting a home from a private landlord or community landlord, including local authorities and registered landlords.

The work of the Committee

As the subject matter of the Bill falls within the remit of the Committee, we have been asked to look at its ‘general principles’ or main aims. This is called ‘Stage 1’, and we use this part of the process to hear evidence and prepare a report making recommendations to the Minister for changes to the Bill. We have until 26 June to do this.

We have started our work by running a consultation, asking organisations and members of the public to look at the Bill and write to us with their views. The consultation closes on 27 March, after which we will publish the evidence we have received.

There is still time to send in your comments on the Bill; please email SeneddCELG@Assembly.Wales with your views.

Stakeholder event

Last week, the Committee held an informal stakeholder event to hear from tenants about their experiences of renting in Wales. This was a really interesting event and allowed Committee members the opportunity to speak to a number of people and gather a range of views. As the Chair, I found this extremely useful in preparing for our forthcoming oral evidence sessions.

You can view photographs from the event in our Flickr album.

Oral evidence sessions

The Committee will start hearing oral evidence on the Bill after the Easter recess.

On 22 April, we will hear from the Minister for the first time, before we begin to hear from other, selected organisations.

How to get involved and keep up-to date with the Committee’s work

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