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Rent Smart Wales

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Do you rent out a property in Wales? 


A law has been introduced in Wales which applies to all landlords and letting agents of private residential property. If you own, rent out, manage and/or live in a rented property then this law will impact on you. 


All private landlords have until November 23rd 2016 to register themselves and their properties with Rent Smart Wales​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window .


The new registration and licensing scheme will help to raise standards in the private rented sector in Wales. It will also raise awareness by landlords, agents and tenants of their respective rights and responsibilities.


  • all private landlords are required to register themselves and their properties

  • if a landlord wants to manage property themselves, they must be licensed demonstrate that they are ‘fit and proper’ to hold a licence and successfully complete approved training

  • alternatively, a landlord can appoint a licensed agent to manage property on their behalf.

Landlords can register online, which takes approximately 15 minutes (slightly longer for those registering more than one property). There is also a paper application for those without internet access.


To become licensed, landlords managing property and letting agents need to:

  • complete a simple application process

  • pay a fee

  • pass a ‘fit and proper person check’

  • complete approved training.


Training courses are being delivered across Wales and online training is also available. The fee structure is available on the Rent Smart Wales website.


Landlords and agents have until 23 November 2016 to comply with their new legal obligations without fear of legal action.


The licencing process can take up to 8 weeks to complete once all paperwork is submitted. Make sure you put in place arrangements to comply in time. 


To​ find out more and to apply visit www.rentsmart.gov.wales​​​​​External link opens in a new window  or call 03000 133344.

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