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Welsh government launches a private landlord registration and licensing scheme

The Welsh government has today launched a private landlord registration and licensing scheme.

Housing and Sport: Improving wellbeing / Tai a Chwaraeon: Gwella lles

Lesley Griffiths, housing minister in Wales, today launched Rent Smart Wales. Private landlords will have a year to register themselves and their properties with the scheme without fear of legal action. After the initial year landlords failing to comply can be fined or prosecuted. 

Landlords can appoint a licensed agent to manage their properties. If they manage the properties themselves they must demonstrate they are ‘fit and proper’ to hold a licence and pass a training course.

Ms Griffiths said: “The changes will prevent rogue, and even criminal, landlords and agents from being involved in the management and letting of properties.”

The licensing of the scheme, which will replace an existing voluntary scheme, will be administered by Cardiff Council.

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