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Reminder for landlords with Welsh properties

Thursday 25 May 2017

UK landlords are reminded that if they own a letting property in Wales they are breaking the law if they are not registered, following new legislation introduced last year. 
 
Anyone letting a property in Wales must register themselves and their properties, as those who have failed to register now face sanctions, including prosecution.
 
Landlords who look after their own properties and agents must obtain a licence after undertaking a training course and passing a ‘fit and proper’ person assessment.
 
Bethan Jones, operational manager of Rent Smart Wales, urged any landlords or agents  who have not yet done so to contact Rent Smart Wales immediately to avoid legal action.
 
She said: "We are still keen to assist those who willingly want to comply. 
 
"We’ve worked closely with industry experts to develop the Rent Smart Wales scheme, which we firmly believe will help make the private rental sector in Wales a better place for tenants, landlords and agents."
 
The law applies to all landlords with property in Wales, not just those who live in Wales themselves. 
 
Those who don't comply could find themselves subject to fixed penalty notices and rent repayment orders. 
 
In addition, landlords may not be able to secure possession of their property using a section 21 notice, if they are operating outside the law themselves.
 
A searchable register is now available on the Rent Smart Wales website allowing tenants and the wider public to check whether landlords and agents are breaking the law.

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