AM reminds Landlords to sign up for Rent Smart scheme

Vikki Howells AM is reminding all private landlords in Cynon Valley to sign up for the Rent Smart Scheme, Wales’ new mandatory registration and licensing scheme.

As a result of the Housing Act (Wales) 2014, all private landlords have until November 23rd to register themselves and their properties with Rent Smart Wales. Those landlords who are involved in letting and management activities will also have to undertake training. Rent Smart Wales aims to drive up standards in the private rented sector.

A call centre has been set up to deal with queries from landlords and agents, and helps them to register and apply for a licence.

Vikki Howells AM said “It is important that landlords and tenants are aware of the need to be registered with Rent Smart. Landlords can call 03000 133344 to register.”

“Rent Smart is about driving up standards in the private rented sector by requiring managing landlords and agents to undertake training to ensure they are clear on their responsibilities. It will help prevent the involvement of rogue, and even criminal, landlords and agents in the management and letting of properties.”

“This will give the vast majority of good landlords and tenants across Cynon Valley piece of mind.”