Since November 2015, all landlords operating in Wales must be
registered. Landlords must provide accurate and up-to-date information
about themselves and their properties. This is a new requirement brought
in under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014
Do you own a property in Wales that you don’t live in?
Do you allow someone else to live in that property (as their main residence), and do they pay you money to live there?
Is the property rented on an assured, assured shorthold or regulated tenancy?
If you answer yes to these questions you are a landlord and need to comply with the registration requirements in Wales.
A landlord, for the purpose of the legislation, is the person who is
entitled to possession of the property. This in most cases will be the
owner of the property.
A landlord who must register therefore could be an individual person,
a group of people or even a company (depending on how the property is
owned). If the property being registered is in joint ownership, one
lead owner must register it on behalf of all other owners. If a
property is owned by a company, the company registers as the landlord.
A landlord must include the address of all rental property in Wales
they are the landlord for in their registration. This will be the
address of all dwellings (buildings, or part of a building, occupied
as a separate dwelling) which are subject to, or marketed or offered for
let under a domestic tenancy. Only dwellings rented on assured,
assured shorthold or regulated tenancies are required to be part of the
register. These are the main types of tenancies used to rent out
properties privately in Wales.
A landlord’s registration lasts 5 years after which time they must
re-register. During the registered period a landlord must keep the
information within it up to date. By law, certain changes in
information must be notified.
If a landlord acquires another property subject to, or marketed or
offered for let under a domestic tenancy in Wales they are obliged to add it to
their registration. A landlord has 28 days to do this within.
You can register as a landlord through this website; you simply need to create an account and work through the on-line process. A landlord must complete the registration themselves; an agent or another person who is not the landlord cannot do it on their behalf. Apply Now
If you are a self-managing landlord you will also need to apply for a
licence. To find out more read the Landlord Licensing section