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Rent Smart Wales Launched
Private landlords in Wales will have 12 months to register their properties under the new Rent Smart Wales scheme, which was launched by Welsh government Housing Minister Lesley Griffiths yesterday.
The scheme, which will be administered by Cardiff City Council, has been set up to help landlords fulfill their legal obligations under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. The legislation requires any landlord that has a rental property in Wales which is rented on an assured, assured short hold or regulated tenancy to register through Rent Smart Wales.
Introducing the new scheme, Ms Griffiths said; “I am proud Wales is leading the way on improving professionalism across the private rented sector. Our new, landmark scheme will drive up standards by making Wales the first country in the UK where managing landlords and agents are required to undertake training to ensure they are clear on their responsibilities.”
Around one in seven homes in Wales are currently privately rented with the sector likely to increase in the future. It is hoped that the new measures will allow local authorities to identify all of the privately rented accommodation in their areas allowing them to work with landlords to maintain standards. Rent Smart Wales has also produced a number of resources including a Tenant Guide which gives details of tenant and landlord rights.
You can find out more about Rent Smart Wales HERE