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Rent Smart Wales

OVERVIEW

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 was passed by the Assembly in 2014. There are eight parts to the Act, but only Parts 1 and 2 are of relevance to most private sector landlords. The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 will be most commonly known by landlords as the legislation which introduced Wales wide licensing and registration – Rent Smart Wales.

PART 1 – Rent Smart Wales

Part 1 contains the framework for a new Wales-wide compulsory system of registration and licensing. All landlords will have register regardless of their circumstances or whether an agent manages their properties or not. In addition to this, all agents and landlords who manage or undertake maintenance on their properties shall have to obtain a licence. The Welsh Government argues that these reforms are a natural progression from the voluntary nationwide Landlord Accreditation Wales scheme operated since 2007, but the RLA argues otherwise and believe that this will negatively impact competent landlords.

The licensing and registration scheme is known as Rent Smart Wales.

PART 2

Part 2 contains provisions that have altered the way in which local authorities deal with those who are homeless or are at risk of being homeless. The most significant aspect of Part 2 is that local authorities can now discharge their homelessness duty to the private rented sector. This means that privately rented homes can now be used to house tenants who would have traditionally resided in the social sector.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?

All of our landlord members who rent properties in Wales must be registered with Rent Smart Wales. Agents and landlords who manage or undertake maintenance on their properties must be licensed: this will be the vast majority of our members with properties in Wales.

Enforcement of mandatory landlord registration and licensing has now begun.

Landlords and agents had a 12 month grace period since the launch of the scheme to comply.  Those who are not registered/licensed with Rent Smart Wales can face serious penalties.

You can find out more about licensing and registration by following the links below.

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First Rent Smart Wales Prosecution

31 May 2017

  A landlord has been hit with a court bill of £5,570 for operating an unlicensed HMO and breaching Rent Smart Wales licensing requirements. Robert Ivor Grovell from Tram Lane, Llanfrechfa, Cwmbran was fined £4,400 by Newport magistrates and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and a £170 victim surcharge. Newport Council prosecuted the property owner following a property Read More

Brainstorm: Rent Smart Wales

11 April 2017 - 4 Comments

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 Read More

Section 21 and Rent Smart Wales

19 December 2016

It has almost been a month since landlord registration and licensing in Wales has been in full force (the scheme launched in November 2015, but full enforcement began on the 23rd of November 2016). Landlords who have not registered with Rent Smart Wales and licensed, if self-managing, risk facing serious penalties, which include Rent Stopping Orders, Rent Repayment Orders, Read More

Rent Smart Wales: What to do NOW

23 November 2016 - Dorine Pannarale - 41 Comments

Enforcement of mandatory licensing for landlords and agents in Wales has now begun. We have compiled a list of useful information below to answer the pertinent questions about Rentsmart Wales. We will continue to update this page to keep you as best informed as possible. If you have a question that is not answered below, please leave a comment Read More

Landlord Registration Deadline Tomorrow

22 November 2016 - Dorine Pannarale

Landlords who let properties in Wales and who are not yet registered with Rent Smart Wales have merely hours to comply with the legislation or risk facing prosecution. Cardiff Council’s authority to enforce the new standards under the Housing Wales Act 2014 will kick-in tomorrow, despite the RLA’s pleas for a delay of the enforcement date. Those landlords that Read More

Rent Smart Wales registration and licensing

30 August 2016

For more on Landlord Licensing, click here. For more on Landlord Licensing venue training, click here. For more on Landlord Licensing online training, click here. For more on Agents online training, click here. For more on Landlord Registration, click here. Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions. To keep up with changes affecting landlords, click here. The RLA continues to Read More

Rent Smart Wales announce new agent fees

23 March 2016

Agents and landlords who manage rental properties in Wales have been waiting on baited breath to receive information on the updated fee structure Rent Smart Wales will be offering agents as of April 25th, 2016.  Agents were flabbergasted by the £3,724 licensing fee they would face when the scheme launched last November. The RLA has been working to have Read More

Wales vs. England: Properties, not Rugby

22 February 2016

Much like a new viewer to rugby would find the complex laws of the game difficult to keep track of what is going on, so too may even the most seasoned landlord find him/herself offside as the Government passes ever more regulation restricting the private rented sector. What further complicates matters, especially as legislative powers are converted to Wales, Read More

Welsh Agents: Your thoughts on licensing fees

27 January 2016 - 4 Comments

RLA Wales have put together a survey aimed at understanding how letting agents in Wales feel about Rent Smart Wales’ current fee structure. As of 23 November 2015, all letting agents operating in Wales will require a licence.  There is a one year grace period to comply.  The Agent Licence fee currently is £3,728.00 for a paper application. However Read More

RLA approved as official Rent Smart Wales training provider

8 January 2016 - 2 Comments

The Residential Landlords Association has been given the green light to run new training courses for landlords in Wales. The RLA’s bid to provide Rent Smart Wales Landlord Licensing Training is one of the first to be approved by the licensing body. All landlords who rent out property in Wales have to register with Rent Smart Wales and as Read More