The first training course for the new Rent Smart Wales scheme has taken place in Cardiff.
The new Wales-wide registration and licensing scheme, which was launched last week by Welsh Government Minister with responsibility for housing, Lesley Griffiths AM, requires all private landlords to register with Rent Smart Wales and complete an approved training course to receive their license, or appoint a licensed agent to manage their property.
The scheme, for which Cardiff is the single licensing authority, is aimed at driving up standards in the private rented sector and preventing rogue landlords and agents from letting and managing properties in Wales. It will also raise awareness with landlords, agents and tenants of their respective rights and responsibilities.
Training, covering the main aspects of renting out and managing private rented accommodation in Wales, is a key part of the licensing process for landlords and agents and one-day courses are available throughout Wales. The first course in Wales took place in Cardiff on Monday with 17 landlords/agents attending.
Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Bob Derbyshire, said:
“It’s great to see the first Rent Smart Wales training course being held in Cardiff. Training is an important part of the scheme, which aims to professionalise the private rented housing sector – an increasingly important option for many people.
“Supporting and helping landlords and agents understand their responsibilities and ensuring they are fit to manage properties will benefit tenants throughout Wales and help root out rogue landlords. Landlords and agents have one year to comply with their new legal obligations before any enforcement action takes place. Those who attended the course on Monday are already ahead of the game and will very soon receive their licences. ”
For more information on Rent Smart Wales visit here