Landlord Responsibility

Landlord compliance is changing in Wales .

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Landlord Responsibilty

Legal Requirements for Landlords in Wales

Increased regulation surrounding rental properties for landlords is becoming more apparent in England and Wales. Apollo regularly keeps up to date with all new regulations surrounding landlord compliance. We help our landlords keep up to date with the changing regulations so they can stay on the right side of the law. 

 

What Are My Responsibilities as a Landlord? 

Safety & Repairs

  • Ensure there is a smoke alarm on every floor of the property. 

  • Carbon monoxide alarms should be fitted by any solid fuel appliance. 

  • If you are renting out a property with a gas boiler it must have an up-to-date gas safety certificate. Boilers should be serviced and have a new certificate annually. 

  • Electronic appliances should be PAT tested beforehand if supplied.

  • Ensure any furniture included in the property must be fire safe. 

  • Electrics need to be checked and safe to use. An ElCR certificate must be provided every five years.

  • Ensure that repairs are dealt with promptly to avoid further damages. The landlord is responsible for repairing the structure of your property, basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary fittings, heating, and hot water systems, and anything you damage through attempting repairs.

Energy Efficiency & Utilities 

  • It is a legal requirement that before a property is rented or sold it must have an Energy Performance Certificate or an EPC. An EPC tells you the efficiency of the property's energy retention. It is illegal to rent a property with an EPC rating of below an E.  

  • Utilities- Decide who is responsible for paying the utilities in the property and ensure the account is held in the correct name.

Renting the property

  • Right to Rent check- It is a landlord's responsibility to ensure that right to rent check is carried out if they are self-managing 

  • Deposit protection- Tenants' deposits should be protected in a government-approved deposit protection scheme. 

  • Access- The landlord is allowed to enter the property with 24hrs notice to carry out inspections or repairs. 

Renting a Property in Wales

  • Rent Smart Wales -It is a legal requirement in Wales that all landlords must be registered with Rent Smart Wales. 

  • If a landlord in Wales is self-managing a property they must have a landlord license. 

For more information about renting your property in Wales go to: https://gov.wales/landlords-letting-agents