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Landlords in Wales have until today (Wednesday 23rd November) to sign up to a government register.
The ‘Rent Smart Wales’ initiative was introduced last year, as a way of improving the standards for people renting private property, and eliminating rogue landlords.
With an estimated 70,000-130,000 private landlords in Wales, over 55,000 of them had registered by midnight on Monday with another 12,000 starting the registration process.
Homeowners who rent out their property had a year to sign up, and they could now be breaking the law if they haven’t.
The cheapest and easiest way to register is online. This can be done through the Rent Smart Wales website.
The registration asks for your name, date of birth, correspondence details and then the full address of each rental property in Wales that you are the landlord for. You must then pay the landlord fee of £33.50 to complete your registration.
If you complete your registration using the paper form the fee is £80.50 and you can pay over the phone.
Once you have completed your registration you will receive confirmation and be provided with a unique registration number.
If you self-manage any rentals you register, you must then proceed to apply for a landlord licence. To find out more about this process, read the ‘how to obtain a landlord licence’ section.
If anyone other than you undertakes any letting or management work at one of your rental properties in Wales, they are called an agent and they will need to become licensed. Letting and property management work is doing things, for instance, like marketing and setting up a domestic tenancy with new tenants (often termed let-only services), or managing a tenancy for you.
Read the full definition of letting and management work here.
Rent Smart Wales replaces the existing voluntary Landlord Accreditation Wales scheme. Those who are already accredited members will have been transferred into the new system.
Anyone found to be ignoring the obligations could face action from local authorities and the licensing authority.
Registration will identify – for the first time – private landlords who let properties and where those properties are.
Licensing includes a fit and proper person test and, importantly, training for those who directly let and manage properties.
Ensuring landlords and agents are fully aware of their responsibilities raises standards, and makes the sector a more attractive proposition.
The scheme will also reduce the scope for poor landlords to neglect their responsibilities and for rogue landlords to abuse their position without fear of consequences.
– CARL SARGEANT, COMMUNITIES SECRETARY
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