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This applies to properties in Wales only.

On 11th July 2019 the Welsh Government opened its consultation on reforming possession in Wales. They plan to prevent landlords from repossessing their property under the upcoming Section 21 equivalent for 12 months from the date the tenant moves in.

These proposals will only take effect when the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 comes into force. In that a Section 21 notice will be replaced by a Section 173 notice. This is expected at the start of 2021.

For further information on this and to have your voice heard please see our campaign on possession reform in Wales.

GUIDE TO REGISTRATION AND LICENSING IN WALES

REGISTRATION

Who is required to register?

Landlords under domestic tenancies must register each residential property with the licensing authority. This applies where:

or

Every dwelling owned by a landlord which is rented out or which is to be let must be registered. An application to register a dwelling which is marketed must first be made before the marketing process starts, i.e. before it is first advertised or offered for letting in any way.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

The registration requirement is mandatory. Failure to comply can result in:

Are there any Exceptions?

The following exceptions apply so that there is no penalty for non-compliance where:

Other exceptions can be added to the list by the Welsh Ministers.

When is registration not required?

In effect, because the tenancy is not an assured tenancy (or regulated under the Rent Acts) no registration is required in the following cases:

NB: There are no exceptions as such for family members or employees, if they reside in the property under an assured shorthold tenancy or a protected tenancy.

What is Registration?

The registration scheme is simply about identifying and recording the dwelling with the required details as being a property which is let or available for rent.

What information should be provided?

Other information which is required may be prescribed.

Landlord registration numbers

On registering the first dwelling each landlord is assigned a registration number.

What information will be on the register of landlords?

A register of landlords of registered dwellings will be compiled.

The register will contain the following information:

What information can be requested by members of the public?

When requesting information by providing the licensing authority with the address of a rental property you can obtain the following information:

If someone makes a request for information and provides the name of the landlord or the name of an agent then the licensing authority must disclose:

If a registration number or a licence number is provided (for a landlord or agent) the licensing authority must provide:

What are the fees?

A landlord registration costs £33.50 if completed on-line for each landlord type registering. The cost for registration does not increase if more than one rental property is part of the registration.

A paper application costs £80.50.

How long does registration last?

Registration will last for five years. The landlord must apply to re-register a property after each five year registration period. A further fee will be payable.

When should landlords update the register information?

The landlord must keep the information on the register up to date. This includes:

Updating must be done within 28 days of the change. Failure to notify a change is an offence. It can also lead to the revocation of registration.

When can the licensing authority cancel the registration?

The licensing authority can revoke (cancel) registration where:

Once revoked the property is no longer registered so the penalties for non registration then apply.

NB: The provisions in the law allowing for the Local Authority to revoke registration are already in force.

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