The name for the new Welsh Government licensing scheme for Landlords in Wales is Rent Smart. The aim of the legislation is to:
- Improve standards of letting and management practice in the private rented sector in Wales.
- Raise the awareness of Landlords, Agents and Tenants of their respective rights and responsibilities.
Purpose: Rent Smart Wales will replace the existing voluntary Landlord Accreditation Wales scheme, which has been operated by Cardiff Council on behalf of all local authorities in Wales.
Timescale: Legislation came into force on 23rd November 2016.
Registration: All private Landlords who have a rental property in Wales must register themselves and the addresses of their rental properties in Wales.
Licensing: Landlords who undertake defined letting or property management activities at a rental property in Wales must apply for a license. If a Landlord instructs an Agent to do such work on their behalf, it is that Agent who must become licensed.
Training: In order to get a license a person must be adequately trained, and also declare themselves ‘fit and proper’. Licensing training will be offered through Rent Smart Wales or people can choose to attend Rent Smart Wales approved training courses delivered by other bodies.
Enforcement: It is expected that enforcement will take the form of fixed penalty notices and possibly prosecutions for non-compliance.
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For more information on Rent Smart Wales visit their website here