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The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016, which represents the biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades, will be implemented on 15th July 2022
From January 2022, Housing Association regulation in Wales is changing following a recent review of the ‘Regulatory Framework’ which included the introduction of a new set of ‘Regulatory Standards’ which HA’s will need to meet.
Rent and service charges notification letter from Welsh Government
We were overwhelmed with all the fantastic submissions we received for our Good Practice Awards 2021 and wanted to share the amazing work of the winners with you
We paid tribute to two board members who today stood down from the TPAS Cymru board
The term ‘complaints’ or ‘to complain’ is often considered negative by providers of services. These complaints highlight key areas where products and services need improvement, so really it is simply great feedback to enable the adaptation of services to suit the service user. Don’t you agree?
At our TPAS Cymru annual conference last week, the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales shared with us the importance of……
Due to growth in our services, we are recruiting for a part time Engagement Officer
Given the continued Covid infection level, and our pan Wales membership, the Board of TPAS Cymru have agreed to hold our AGM online on the 14th December 2021 at 11am
Health and Safety is a key priority, with the involvement of tenants at the centre. The safety of tenants must be paramount to landlords regardless of tenure. However, Community Housing Cymru (CHC) developed a framework to support the development of a safety engagement strategy based on 3 core principles: transparency, openness and accountability. The framework is......
As we draw a close to our Health and Safety week, we have pulled together ten of the key points our tenant and landlord speaker shared
Putting tenants first: involving tenants in the big housing issues
Recognising achievements & sharing good practice
This report is our first Annual All Wales Tenant Survey on Tenant Perceptions which explores tenants’ views on their homes, communities and issues that really matter to them
We know that it’s important for landlords and community groups to hear views from as wide or diverse range of their tenants as possible. Contacting tenants who are underrepresented or seldom heard is everyone’s responsibility! There’s no ‘magic wand’ to get everyone involved but there are some things that may help to hear from underrepresented groups. To start, you need to be sure about…….
Ensuring homes are safe and secure is essential to keeping tenants safe and feeling safe. Join this exclusive opportunity to explore the issues and opportunities to keep homes and tenants safe.
Is it time to ramp up tenant engagement with contractors? If you think so, then it starts with simply
Are you interested in influencing the way Housing Associations in Wales are regulated or just want to find out more about the subject?
Do you agree that landlords should be held to account and take the opinions, concerns, and views of tenants seriously? Tenant Scrutiny can ensure that happens. Learn about the benefits of tenant scrutiny and how to get involved.
During July we will be hosting an exciting programme of innovative events to help landlords and tenants to examine emerging issues and explore opportunities
Welsh Government has recently published a new report - Housing associations: tenant satisfaction survey: What tenants think about their social landlord and home.
Here at TPAS Cymru we have built up a solid track record of providing high quality, independent facilitation and community engagement services and advice for organisations across Wales.
Does your organisation embed Tenant Participation? No sure? No need to worry, we have all the details and questions for you to make sure they do.
This report explores the knowledge and awareness of tenants in Wales, in relation to the environmental challenges.
Did you know, since the horror of Grenfell, almost 4 years ago, that three-quarters of cladding systems being installed on new medium-rise buildings still use combustible materials?
With the Regulatory Board for Wales (RBW) adapting the tenant satisfaction surveys, do you know what questions you should be asking your landlord...Read More
How Tenants & Housing Staff Can Lead Wales into a Low-Carbon Transformation
There are many initiatives in Wales that can be accessed to support those struggling with debt, it is simply knowing where to find them
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Public sector websites have always had a moral and legal responsibility to ensures their websites are accessible to people with disabilities. The private sector/charities sometimes think they are exempt because....Read more
The Welsh Government’s Housing Regulation Team have been carrying out business continuity surveys of all registered social landlords. (RSLs).
This is what Tenants thought about Welsh Housing Quality Standards (WHQS)
The Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) is a Wales wide standard set by Welsh Government (WG) for all homes that are let to tenants in social housing (such as Councils and Housing Associations). It began...Read more
On December 15th 2020, we here at TPAS Cymru held our very first virtual awards event via Zoom.
Over the past year, TPAS Cymru have teamed up with Tai Pawb to find out more about the provision of flooring in newly-let social homes. We are...Read more
Do you have a private landlord that is not part of your Local Authority or Housing Association? Do you feel like there is nowhere to turn for help?
Are you a Private Tenant in North Wales? If so we want to hear from you!
This report is phase 3 of a series that looks at tenants’ experiences across Wales in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. The aim of this report is to understand how the pandemic has impacted on people’s lives and what tenants consider important to them when it comes to landlord engagement and support.
Some tenants pay service charges for the property they live in. Service charges cover the costs of maintaining communal/shared areas or services for your estate and/or block of properties. Services charges are....Read more
Interim Judgement Programme
The implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 has been one we have all been anticipating. See our latest updates on the delays and what it will mean to tenants.
Our first online AGM will be held on Tuesday 17th November 2020 at 11am.
As communities cope with and recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic what can be done to support and build up wellbeing and resilience in communities across Wales?
Over the past year, TPAS Cymru have teamed up with Tai Pawb to find out more about the provision of flooring in newly-let social homes. We are grateful to members and tenants for responding to the survey and helping us in our research
Renters in Wales should get increased security of tenure says Senedd Committee
Recognising achievements & sharing good practise
The Tenancy Saver Loan Scheme is for private renters. It’s a loan scheme to provide an affordable way to cover rent arrears, or future months’ rent.
Yesterday, Julie James, Minister of Housing and Local Government released a written statement that sets out new rules protecting tenants and changes to how landlords can evict a tenant.
The Grenfell Tower fire led to the death of 72 people. A fire started in one flat as a result of a malfunctioning freezer and it spread at an incredibly rapid rate due to the highly flammable cladding covering the whole building. Following an inquiry...Read more
Sometimes landlords identify properties that they no longer want or that don’t fit their strategy; so, they seek to sell it off. Usually they fall into one of these considerations...Read more
Today saw the launch of the Ombudsman’s investigation into how councils in Wales are deciding whether someone is homeless; and what the council has done to help homeless people during the coronavirus outbreak
Forget Bale and Messi and the football summer transfer window- here are the biggest signings in Wales this summer!
TPAS Cymru have done a 2nd survey of tenants during the pandemic. We wanted to understand how tenants in Wales were feeling and their current attitude & needs.
April 20: MUST READ: What do tenants need during this pandemic? 350+ tenants gave us their thoughts in our latest Pulse Report
Welsh Government have produced a new guide for tenants. The guide outlines the types of financial support that tenants may be able to access.
The Minister for Housing and Local Government Julie James AM has published a letter to ALL social housing tenants in Wales
COVID Symptom Tracker (UK) is a brand-new app, created in just 4 days, that gives the NHS/ hospitals a weeks warning for Coronavirus patients coming in. Sound impossible?
Due to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak the Staff and Board of TPAS Cymru have agreed to suspend our face to face events for the next month (up to 20th April) whilst we get further information.
New Renting Homes (Amendment): (Wales) Bill?– an easy summary
Changes to ‘No Fault evictions’ policy
Everything you need to know about getting started this proven fundraising option.
From this November (2019), Housing Associations in Scotland will come under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Wales does not have the same devolved powers as Scotland, however, the Information Commissioner based in England has repeatedly noted an important difference between housing associations and local authorities (Councils). Housing Associations are not currently subject to Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation, whereas local authorities are.
What's next for affordable housing? Read on to find out how the Minister has responded to the Affordable Housing Supply Review recommendations.
See the unexpected result within our latest Tenant Pulse report
The RBW's annual report to the Minister is one way they give assurance on how the regulation of Housing Associations in Wales is working and insight on issues emerging from the HA sector.
Foundational Economy - So how does TPAS Cymru measure up?
See how tenants perceptions have changed in terms of VfM since 2017
TPAS Cymru shares the latest update from Welsh Government's Regulation Team
The Chair of RBW has recorded an exclusive video to inform tenants about what RBW will be focusing on this year and how tenants can influence the work of the Board.
In December 2018, Welsh Government surprised the sector when they released their figures for a new rent settlement.
Are you a PRS tenant? Do you want to know the legislation updates for 2018 and what is due to change in 2019? Read our latest update.
What tenants really think about affordable housing in Wales.
The horrific reality that tenants are asked to provide sexual favours to keep a roof over their head
What does 'Tenants at the Heart' really mean to tenants? See 10 key points identified at our 2018 Annual Conference
What you need to know about Friday's 'Green for Grenfell' Day
The Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Act 2018 gained Royal Assent on 24 January.
Shelter Cymru have launched a campaign to help people understand the realities of homelessness in Wales.
80mins that changed Social Housing forever. Cathy Come Home at 50
At TPAS Cymru we are always working to support and improve tenant participation across Wales. Therefore identifying new and effective ways of tenant and community engagement is a priority of ours.
Tenant Engagement Standards Assessment (TESA)
The way you rent is changing…for tenants and landlords
The Renting Homes Act: the biggest change to housing law in Wales for decades
Changes to Regulation: protecting tenants and investment in housing associations in Wales
How housing Associations in Wales are regulated: The regulatory framework
The 'Comms Club' - January 2022
Mould & Condensation: How to get your communications right for tenants
Housing Association Regulation Staff Network
LA staff network – Renting Homes roundtable discussion
‘The Right Stuff’ re-visited