As a Private Tenant (or a potential Private Tenant) it would be useful for you to know the changes due within the Private Rented Sector in Wales from next year (2015);
The Welsh Housing Bill is set to be introduced in 2015 which will set out new statutory responsibilities for Private Rented Sector Landlords in Wales.
This will mean that Landlords will be required by law to register as a Landlord and all the properties they let. They will also be responsible for obtaining a License to let/manage their property/properties. If they have a Managing Agent that lets on their behalf, it will be the responsibility of the Managing Agent to obtain the license.
A second piece of housing legislation that will be introduced also in 2015 is the Wales Renting Homes Bill, which will have additional changes for Private Sector Landlords and will impact on tenancies across Wales.
All Landlords will have to choose from only 2 legally recognised tenancy agreements - either a 'Secure' Contract (as issued by Social Housing Associations) or a 'Standard' Contract (which replaces the Assured Shorthold Agreement).
Further details to follow.