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Rent Smart Wales: Landmark landlord licensing scheme hailed as UK first

Welsh Housing Minister Lesley Griffiths says Wales is leading the way on driving up standards in the private rented sector with the launch of Rent Smart Wales.
A new registration and licensing scheme called "Rent Smart Wales" will prevent rogue landlords and agents from letting and managing properties in Wales. It will also raise awareness by landlords, agents and tenants of their respective rights and responsibilities. 

From 23rd November 2015:

• All private landlords will be required to register with Rent Smart Wales. They will also have to register their properties. 

• If a landlord wants to manage the property themselves, they must demonstrate they are ‘fit and proper’ to hold a licence, and then undertake, and pass, approved training. 

• Alternatively, they will be able to appoint a licensed agent to manage the property on their behalf. 

Landlords and agents have one year to comply with their new legal obligations, without fear of legal action.

For more information click here: Press Release 

As well as the Rent Smart Wales Scheme itself, the evaluation of the Scheme is also starting this Autumn.  The evaluation will look at both the implementation of the scheme as well as the impact it is having (in the short term) on landlords, letting agents and tenants.  The evaluation will run until 2017 and a variety of organisations and individuals will be asked to contribute to the study during this time, providing their opinions on the scheme and reflecting on their experiences.


Visit www.rentsmart.gov.wales or call 03000 133344

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24 Nov 2015 17:20

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