Making rented homes safe, legal and secure will now be easier in Wales thanks to a new guide for landlords.
The Residential Landlords Association Cymru launched its new “Safe and Secure” tool kit at the Welsh Labour conference in Llandudno.
The site includes an interactive image of a house, with landlords invited to click on individual rooms to find out more about the legal standards required by Government, as well as the likely cost of fitting safety features such as window safety locks, carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms.
Landlords are given practical tips as well about how best to ensure gas, electrical and fire safety as well as information on how to prevent damp and mould, improving the energy efficiency of a property and how to prevent trips and falls.
The site also incorporates full details of the new Rent Smart Wales scheme – which requires landlords in Wales to be registered and licensed. The launch comes just weeks after the RLA was approved as an official training provider for the scheme.
Launching the site, Douglas Haig, Vice-Chairman of the RLA for Wales said: “Providing a safe, legal and secure home is the first duty of any landlord to their tenant.
“Whilst the vast majority of homes to rent meet the legal standards required of them, we must do all we can to support landlords to prevent and address hazards.
“Over the past year the large number of legal requirements expected of rented homes as significantly increased. We want to ensure landlords understand the complexities of them.
“This website provides a simple, easy to understand tool kit for landlords to ensure rented homes meet the standards required of them.”
To view the safe and secure Home Wales click here.