Rent Smart Wales has been with us for almost a year and a half now, with enforcement just kicking in last November.
The national landlord licensing scheme requires all landlords renting private residential properties in Wales to register and if self-managing, licence.
As of the end of March just over 74,000 of the projected 130,000 landlords have registered, and nearly 8,000 have licences. A further 11,500 are awaiting a decision on their applications. Prospective tenants, letting agents, and anyone with an internet connection are able to access the scheme’s public register to check the registration/licence status of a private landlord.
Licences are valid for 5 years from the date of issue, and there are already questions about what will be required at the time of renewal.
This is an opportunity to for the RLA to pass on directly your concerns about the scheme to Rent Smart Wales.
So tell us, what can be done to make it better? Â At present, Rent Smart Wales are particularly keen to know what improvements or additions can be made to their online register. Is there information that you think should be included in the search function that would be useful to you?
Rent Smart Wales are also collecting feedback about training requirements, particularly for renewals. Legislation and regulations change. If history is any recent indicator, there will be new requirements for landlords every year. There must be a concise way to communicate these requirements to landlords. What do you think is the best way? A Top-up training module to be completed online? The return of CPD?
We want to know your thoughts. Â Tell us your experience, and what could have been done, if anything, to improve it.