Regulations relating to safeguarding property in abandoned dwellings - Law Society response

The Law Society Housing Law Committee has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on the Regulations relating to safeguarding property in abandoned dwellings under the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016.

The Regulations seek to clarify the actions landlords can take when property is left in a dwelling deemed abandoned under the Act. The Regulations set out the minimum amount of time landlords must safeguard property for before selling or disposing of it and any amount of money payable to the owner of the belongings thereafter.

The Society’s response welcomed the Regulations, as the current legal framework relating to belongings left in dwellings abandoned under s220 Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 is unclear.