Private landlords in Mid Wales are being warned they must now comply with new private rented housing legal requirements in Wales or face possible prosecution.
The Welsh Government has introduced Rent Smart Wales to register and licence landlords and agents.
Mid Wales and Shropshire estate agent Morris, Marshall and Poole has urged private landlords in the the area to register on the scheme or face legal action.
“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 12 months from today (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 an agent 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.
Welsh housing minister, Lesley Griffiths AM, said: “Our new, landmark scheme will drive up standards by making Wales the first country in the UK where managing landlords and agents are required to undertake training to ensure they are clear on their responsibilities.”
Morris, Marshall and Poole already manages over 600 properties in Mid Wales and Shropshire on behalf of private landlords.
“Anyone renting out a residential property has to be registered and trained under Rent Smart Wales or pass the responsibility to a managing agent and we’d urge anyone in that position to talk to us about it or visit www.rentsmart.gov.wales,” added Mr Turner.