Time is ticking by if you’re a residential landlord to register and be licensed for Rent Smart Wales.
Private residential landlords have until 23 November 2016 to register as part of a legal requirement by the Welsh Government, Mid Wales and Shropshire estate agents and property surveyors Morris, Marshall and Poole has warned.
"Rent Smart Wales is an important legal requirement that all private housing landlords must comply to,” warned Andrew Turner, a partner at MMP.
“It cannot be ignored. Landlords have until 23 November to ensure they are trained and registered on the scheme. Alternatively, if they want they can pass responsibility of the management of their rental properties to a fully trained and Rent Smart Wales agent such as Morris, Marshall and Poole to manage on their behalf.
“This means they don’t have to undertake the training or registration required by the Welsh Government scheme, passing all responsibility to the managing agent.”
Under Rent Smart Wales, anyone owning and managing private rented housing in Wales must be registered and have taken relevant training. Landlords are, however, able to pass responsibility for managing their properties to agents, such as Morris, Marshall and Poole, who will be fully trained and registered as part of Rent Smart Wales.
The government says the scheme will prevent “rogue” landlords and protect tenants. The scheme is not applicable in England.
Morris, Marshall and Poole already manages over 600 properties in Mid Wales and Shropshire on behalf of private landlords.
“We would urge any private landlord who is unaware or has so far failed to register for Rent Smart Wales to do so or to contact us for advice on how we can assist them before the deadline,” added Mr Turner.
Trained and registered staff are based at each of MMP’s offices at Newtown, Welshpool, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Aberystwyth, Tywyn and Oswestry.