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Landlords and Letting Agents in Scotland and Wales Prepare for Licensing

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a new code of practice for letting agents and a compulsory requirement for agents to undertake training before they can register.

Additionally, landlords and agents in Wales are preparing for mandatory training and registration. Although an exact date has not been specified, enforcement of the Rent Smart Wales scheme is due for this autumn.

In England, the Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has insisted that the lettings industry will not be regulated, despite concerns surrounding the sector. Recently, a franchise of Enfields suddenly closed, leaving tenants and landlords worried about the consequences. Find out more: /police-called-to-investigate-agency-that-suddenly-closed/

Landlords and Letting Agents in Scotland and Wales Prepare for Licensing

Landlords and Letting Agents in Scotland and Wales Prepare for Licensing

The Housing (Scotland) Act provides an outline of the regulation of letting agents in Scotland. It includes:

  • A mandatory register of letting agents, including a fit and property person test.
  • Required training before admission to the register.
  • A statutory code of practice for all letting agents.
  • A system for tenants and landlords to resolve disputes with letting agents for breaches of the code of practice, via a new specialist First-tier Tribunal.
  • Powers for Scottish ministers to obtain information, monitor compliance and enforce regulatory requirements.

Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess, says: “The Scottish Government wants to see a private rented sector that provides good quality homes and high management standards, inspires consumer confidence and encourages growth.

“Letting agents are vital to helping achieve this vision, and this new framework, including the code of practice, will support the industry to improve standards, provide a good service to both landlords and tenants and empower customers.”1 

The Scottish consultation, which closes on 15th November, can be found here:

In Wales, the new registration and licensing scheme, Rent Smart Wales, will be introduced this autumn. It involves:

  • The legal requirement for all private landlords to register with Rent Smart Wales and to register their properties.
  • Whoever manages the properties – the landlord or appointed agent – must be licensed and show that they are fit and proper to hold a license and undergo approved training.
  • Once part of the scheme, landlords and agents must keep their information up-to-date and comply with all requirements.

Welsh Letting Agents Must be Trained Too

Published On: July 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm


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New legislation regarding the private rental sector in Wales will not only apply to landlords, but also to letting agents.

Welsh Letting Agents Must be Trained Too

Welsh Letting Agents Must be Trained Too

The Welsh Government is introducing the Rent Smart Wales scheme, which will require all private landlords in the country to be licensed. The date of the scheme’s launch is yet to be confirmed.

Find out what the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) thinks about it: /rla-believes-that-landlords-dont-need-more-regulation/.

The scheme requires landlords to register their rental properties and undertake unspecified training to obtain a license, if they wish to manage the property themselves.

Now, it has been revealed that letting and management agents will also have to be licensed and trained.

Documents regarding the scheme can be found here:

The relevant part of the documentation says: “Training for agents has yet to be set, but will cover both the agents’ relationship with tenants as well as with their client landlords. Classroom based and online training should be available in future.”

The legislation, amendments to the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, gives power to individual local authorities to implement the legal aspects of the scheme as well as register landlords and grant licenses.

After the first year of operation, in autumn 2016, the enforcement powers detailed in the legislation – including fixed penalty notices and prosecution – will be introduced, and landlords and agents that ignore the obligations will have action taken against them by local authorities and the licensing authority.