Landlords and agents are now required by law to be registered or licensed.
The Housing Act (Wales) 2014 requires landlords to register and self-managing landlords who let and manage properties and agents to also undertake training and apply for a licence.
Rent Smart Wales aims to drive up standards in the private rented sector. The scheme will help to protect tenants and will support good landlords and agents by helping them keep abreast of their responsibilities and legal obligations, raising the reputation of the sector.
A specialist team deals with queries and helps landlords and agents register and apply for a licence.
The enforcement powers are now active. This means that failure to comply with the legislation is an offence.
There are consequences of committing offences under the Act. These include:
· Fixed Penalty Notices (of either £150/£250)
· Rent Repayment Orders
· Rent Stopping Orders
· Criminal Prosecutions and Fines
Further information is available at Rent Smart Wales where you are also able to subscribe to receive updates.
You can also follow on Twitter @rentsmartwales or Facebook. If you would like to speak to someone you can contact the Rent Smart Wales helpline on 03000 133344.
You will still need to apply for individual property licences for Houses in Multiple Occupation from this authority.
Rent Smart Wales