BREAKING – The Starting Date for Rent Smart Wales has been announced – the new requirements under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014
Rent Smart Wales, the brand name for the new registration and licensing requirements will be launched on 23 November 2015.
From this date, the Rent Smart Wales team will be in place and the website www.rentsmart.gov.wales and helpline will be live.
Those Landlords who need to register, and those landlords and agents who need to become licensed, will be able to do so – register and apply for a licence at the website from this date.
There will be 12 months from 23 November 2015 to comply with the new legislation. During this first year there will be a focus on raising awareness of the new requirements and encouraging compliance.
Over the next 12 months landlords will register with Rent Smart Wales and some may consider whether they wish to become licensed themselves, or commission a licensed agent to manage and let their properties. Alternatively, they may choose an approach including both.
All Letting agents in Wales will need to ensure that they are complying with the new licensing obligations. Many have indicated that they want to comply early to ensure their client landlords are reassured that they are licensed.
You can also follow on Twitter @rentsmartwales / @rhentudoethcym
Information is also available on the Welsh Government website here
You can read the written statement by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths AM about the start date for Rent Smart Wales here