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New Legislation Means Landlords May Face Prosecution

If you’re a landlord in Wales, changes under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 impose significant new obligations.   To comply with the new Rent Smart Wales requirements, all landlords of residential property in Wales have until 23rd November 2016 to register.

Once registered, all self-managing landlords will also have to obtain a licence.  To do so, they will have to complete a training course and a licence application to prove that they are ‘fit and proper’ to manage rented accommodation. Managing agents will also need to obtain a licence.

Tenants in rented accommodation are advised to check that their landlord is registered and that the landlord or (if relevant) their managing agent is also licensed.

Failure for landlords and agents to comply with their new legal obligations by 23rd November 2016 will result in enforcement action, which may include prosecution and a court imposed fine. If you are a landlord, agent, or tenant and would like any advice on your legal stance in this matter, or any other matter.  Please contact Giles Van-Rees, our specialist property lawyer.  Call 02920224433

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