The Welsh Assembly has launched a consultation to clear the way for a national register of buy to let landlords.
The consultation seeks the opinion of landlords, local authorities and other property people about setting up the register and proposes Cardiff Council should run the scheme.
The assembly also wants to lay out a core syllabus for landlord accreditation courses for landlords and letting agents.
The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 has already received royal assent.
The law requires all private landlords and letting agents to sign up for a national register and to be licensed.
Anyone wishing to respond to the consultation should reply:
- By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org:
- By post to: Private Sector Housing Team, Housing Policy, Welsh Government, Rhydycar Business Park, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1UZ
The consultation closes on February 6, 2015.
The registration and licensing scheme is the UK’s second. Scotland has a much criticised licensing scheme and national landlord register that has cost in excess of £16 million to set up and run.
Critics say the scheme has seen no discernible change in standards and few bad landlords have been prosecuted for breaching housing laws.
The Welsh scheme applies to all landlords letting private homes in Wales, so any English or Scottish landlords with letting property in Wales must join the register and become licensed.
At Westminster, the coalition government has pledged not to launch a national register of landlords.
The Welsh consultation states licences will last for five years and that local authorities can make a charge for issuing them.
No final cost has been set, but the figure is likely to be around £500.
Download the consultation document and response form