Information for Welsh Landlords and Agents on Landlord Law

Housing law in Wales is devolved to the Welsh Assembly and gradually the law in England and Wales is diverging.

Here at Landlord Law we have information on both jurisdictions.

  • Where the information relates only to Wales we put a small Welsh flag icon.
  • Where the information relates only to England we put a small English flag icon.

Where the information relates to both jurisdictions – there is no flag.

Here is some background information

  • The Welsh Tenant Fees Ban went live in Wales on 1 September 2019
  • The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 came into force on 24 November, bringing in mandatory regulation and accreditation
  • The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 not yet come into force – see here.
  • The Rent Smart Wales website has information about the new rules and is the website where landlords must register and tenants can check whether their landlord is compliant.
  • The new Code of Practice for Landlords and Agents licensed under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 has now been published.
Note – the penalty free period for existing landlords and agents in Wales to register with Rent Smart Wales ended on 24 November 2016. If you have not registered you are trading illegally and could be prosecuted. Rent Smart Wales however may not prosecute if you register late, so long as you do register!

Information Links

Here are some links with information about the changes :