How do I comply with the law?

If you are a private landlord in Wales you must first register with Rent Smart Wales. To check you are a landlord this applies to read the Who Must Register page.
The cheapest and easiest option to register is on-line. You can do this through this website. Before you start you will need the following things:
If you are an individual landlord:
The registration will ask for your name, date of birth, correspondence details and then the full address of each property you are the landlord for. It is best to have the postcodes of your rentals to help you input the correct details on the on-line form.
If you self-manage any rentals you register, you will then need to proceed with applying for a licence. To find out more about this process, read the How do I comply with the licensing requirements page
If you use an agent to do any letting or management work at your properties (for instance use one to market your property and set up the tenancy with new tenants, or manage a property for you), you will need to note this against the rentals you register. This agent must apply for a licence. It is best to have your agent’s full details (including full trading name and e-mail address and licence number if they already have one) in order to put their correct details on your registration.
If you are one of a joint landlord arrangement:
The registration will ask you to identify yourself as the lead landlord for registration purposes. You will then have to provide your name, date of birth, correspondence details and then the full address of each property you are the joint landlord for. It is best to have the postcodes of your rentals to help you input the correct details on the on-line form. You will also have to fill in the name and date of birth of each other joint landlord
If you self-manage any rentals you register, you will then need to proceed with applying for a licence. To find out more about this process, read the How do I comply with the licensing requirements page
If you use an agent to do any letting or management work at your properties (for instance you use one to market your property and set up the tenancy with new tenants, or manage a property for you), you will need to note this against the registered rental address that you instruct them for. This agent must become licenced. It is best to have your agent’s full details (including full trading name and e-mail address and licence number if they already have one) in order to put their correct details on your registration.
If you are a company landlord:
If you are a company landlord you must complete the registration providing the company details, including any Company’s House Registration number you have. Otherwise you work through the process the same as if you are an individual named person.
Can someone else complete the registration on my behalf?
No, the actual landlord (or one of them if in a joint arrangement) must complete the registration. An agent or someone else cannot do it on your behalf. This is because you have to verify that the information being registered is true and accurate.
The registration process can be completed on-line, within a matter of minutes, so therefore can be done by a landlord quickly and easily from wherever they may be based.