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Important Changes to Housing Law in Wales


Rent Homes (Wales) Act 2019 From 1 December 2022, everyone who rents a home in Wales will have an ‘occupation contract’. An occupation contract is an agreement between a tenant or licensee called the ‘contract-holder’ – and their landlord. Most people who rent their home from a private landlord will get a particular kind of occupation contract called a ‘standard …

Does the tenancy deposit schemes apply in Wales?


Latest on deposit schemes that apply in Wales Does the tenancy deposit schemes apply in Wales? Following the implementation of significant changes in Wales to housing law, many landlords have been left with many question marks as they begin to relearn their legal obligations and the new terminology. One issue in particular that many landlords have been enquiring with our …

Rent Smart Wales (RSW) registration guide for 2020


What is Rent Smart Wales? Rent Smart Wales aims to uphold a consistently high standard throughout the residential property industry in Wales.  Rent Smart Wales Landlord registration  Landlords who have a rental property that is let on an assured, assured shorthold or regulated tenancy must complete a registration with Rent Smart Wales.  Rent Smart Wales process landlord registrations and grant …

Unsure what Rent Smart Wales is about?

rent smart wales

Rent Smart Wales what is it? Rent Smart Wales also known as RSW is currently being administered from the offices of Cardiff Council. Registration of agent and landlords under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 issuing processed from Cardiff. Registration of agent and landlords under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 will not be processed by other local authorities in wales, this has …

Guidance for landlords and agents: Private rental fees ban

The agent fee ban 2019

From 1 September 2019, Welsh Government is banning private rental fees. This means landlords and letting agents in Wales will no longer be able to charge tenants for additional fees. If a current tenancy started or was signed before 1 September 2019, tenants will continue to pay the fees in this tenancy. If a tenancy agreement is agreed after 1 …