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BLA Wales

Landlords Association Wales

BLA  Wales – British Landlords Association, a national landlords association also covering Wales.

Help to make a property fit to let in Wales

The Welsh Government scheme, “Houses into Homes” can provide funding, to enable a property to be made fit to let. Applications for the “Houses into Homes” are made through the local authority. More information about the scheme is available, on the Welsh Government website.

Compulsory landlord registration and licensing in Wales

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 requires all landlords with property in Wales, to register with Rent Smart Wales and to either be licensed themselves, if they’re ‘self-managing or use a licensed agent.

If a landlord in Wales does not register, is unlicensed, or uses an unlicensed agent, then Rent Smart Wales may issue a fine. Click here for guidance notes, letting a property in Wales.

What is the cost of a landlord Licence in Wales?

The cost of a licence fee, in Wales for online applications, is £144. For a paper application, the fee is £186. Landlords who help manage properties that are not owned by them, and who do not employ staff, are deemed agents under the scheme and must obtain an agents licence. The fee for an agent with no staff is £144.

Electrical regulations for properties in Wales and Scotland

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (EICR) apply to England only.

Landlords in Scotland must comply with the electrical safety requirements set out in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006. Since 2015, sections 13(4A) and 19B(4) require landlords to get an Electrical Installation Condition Report and a Portable Appliance Test.

In Scotland, electrical inspections should be carried out by a qualified, competent person before a tenancy commences and at five-year intervals. A copy of the latest report must be provided to new and current tenants.

EICRs is not currently a legal requirement for single-let properties in Wales but do apply to HMOs.

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