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Does a landlord in Wales need to be registered with the Rent Smart Wales Scheme in order to serve a valid section 21 notice?

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Produced in partnership with Georgia Whiting of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 18/05/2018

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  • Does a landlord in Wales need to be registered with the Rent Smart Wales Scheme in order to serve a valid section 21 notice?

Does a landlord in Wales need to be registered with the Rent Smart Wales Scheme in order to serve a valid section 21 notice?

Rent Smart Wales (the Scheme) is a relatively new registration and licensing scheme that applies to private residential landlords. It was introduced by the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (H(W)A 2014) and has been fully in force since 23 November 2016.

Pursuant to H(W)A 2014, all landlords who offer to market or rent out a domestic tenancy in Wales (save for a few limited exceptions such as holiday lets) must register pursuant to the Scheme. A landlord will need a licence in addition to registration if the landlord is to carry out any one or more lettings activities as defined by H(W)A

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