What is Rent Smart Wales?
Under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, there are new legal obligations on landlords who have rental property in Wales. Landlords operating anywhere in Wales can comply with the new law by completing the appropriate application on this website. To start the process, you must create an account.
Please be advised that recent changes to the law now require all landlords to register with Rent Smart Wales and declare themselves a fit and proper person.
This legal requirement was introduced on the 23rd of November 2015, if your property remains managed by an agent for the entire duration of the tenanted period no further action will be required. However, if a landlord wished to manage the property themselves, they must sit the required training and pass the relevant test in order to let their property without the help of a managing agent. Further information and the registration process can be found at: https://www.rentsmart.gov.wales/en/
Please ensure you register with Rent Smart Wales and provide your registration number to us when returning the Landlord and Agent signed contract.
Once we have let your fully managed property a ‘pre-move in’ inspection will be carried out. The aim of this inspection will be to identify any potential hazards within your property which could cause harm to a tenant. You will be emailed a full breakdown of any areas or items which we deem ‘at risk’. You may also be supplied with a hand book, which will explain in greater detail why we have raised the issues and how we would recommend rectifying them. Should you not wish for any of the recommendations to be carried out please respond to our email to explain this.
We are aware that you may have let your property numerous times before without these issues having been raised but after numerous changes to lettings law and the introduction of landlord registration the industry is currently under the spotlight and we are taking all appropriate steps to ensure our landlords are protected.
In addition to this, landlords have a legal duty of care in rental properties to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled. You must ensure a competent person carries out a Legionnaires risk assessment on all rented properties. This would include implementing a program to address any recommendations raised on the risk assessment. Further information can be found at:-
Kingsmark Properties can arrange this assessment for you upon written request at a charge of £110 inclusive of VAT.