Welsh Government consultation on supported accommodation - Law Society response
20 April 2017
The Law Society has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on guidance for supported accommodation providers exercising new provisions under the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016. The act introduces a power for supported accommodation providers to exclude tenants for up to 48 hours if they behave in a manner which:
- creates a risk of significant harm to any person;
- seriously impedes the ability of another resident to benefit from the support of the provider;
- uses violence against any person in the dwelling.
This latest consultation seeks views on how this power should be used and the process supported accommodation providers should follow to extend the relevant period before a tenancy or licence becomes and occupation contract under the act.
Whilst the Society supports the act, we caution against the use of temporary exclusions under section 145 without appropriate safeguards in place. Our response calls for amendments to the guidance to minimise the risk for vulnerable individuals to be made street homeless.
Read the Law Society response (PDF 145kb)