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Daniel Bellis
Written by Daniel Bellis

The deadline for Rent Smart Wales registration is the 23rd November 2016. This is fast approaching, and it will be a criminal and civil offence to let or manage a property in Wales without the correct licence or registration after this date.

Rent Smart Wales have warned it may take up to 10 working days to respond to enquiries as landlords rush to register before the November 23rddeadline.

Every day we get more and more calls about the scheme and how landlords can remain compliant with the law. To help landlords with this scheme, we’ve come up with three easy steps to the process:

  1. Register as a Landlord with Rent Smart Wales (costs £33.50 online or £80.50 for paper application)
  2. Book and undertake training course and pass assessment with the RLA
  3. Complete license application

If you would like more information you can view our guide to Rent Smart Wales.

Any landlord who joins the RLA will have access to our online Rent Smart Wales course for FREE for a limited amount of time.

Join the RLA and access free online Rent Smart Wales training


We have also put together a handy diagram to help you understand the different licence types and the process to get a licence for each type (if you click on the image, you can download a PDF version).

Rent Smart Wales


Rent Smart Wales FAQ

1. Are you Rent Smart Wales?

No, we are the Residential Landlords Association, the leading body representing landlords across England and Wales. We are an approved training provider for Rent Smart Wales landlord online and classroom training.

2. How much will registration and licensing cost?

All landlords are legally required to register their personal details and for each of their properties that they rent in Wales. The cost is £33.50 to complete registration online. Paper applications will see a fee of £80.50, which allows payment by phone.

A landlord licence fee is £144 online and £186 for paper applications. However, landlords who help manage other properties that are not their own and who do not employ staff, are deemed “agents” under the scheme and must obtain an agent’s licence.   The agent’s licence will be valid for the landlord to also manage their own personal properties in this scenario.


For more information on Rent Smart Wales, please watch this short BBC video of Douglas our Wales Director.

About the author

Daniel Bellis

Daniel Bellis

Daniel is the Policy Officer for the RLA in Wales, working hard to make sure that our members voices are heard by the people elected to office.

Prior to joining the RLA, Daniel worked in MP’s offices and with communications firms, working on election strategies and the communication campaigns of major companies. Daniel also holds a MScEcon in European Governance and Public Policy from the University of Cardiff where he extensively studied lobbying regulations in the UK, US and EU.


  • Being a Welsh Landlord and having recently become Licensed I’m afraid to watch web cams on line advising Landlords things because Wales has now different laws if Smart Rent Wales could isue a Landlords Manual it would solve a great deal of problems in the future

  • Rent Smart W do not have a link for landlords to apply for a license on-line. They only have a postal download which is more expensive? Anyone know where the link for the on-line application is please?

  • I am acting as agent for my brother who lives abroad do I need a lenience for this if so how much does it cost and would my brother have to pay same amount

  • Hi to all comments.
    Rent Smart Wales have an excellent, easy to navigate website. You can apply on line in English or Welsh, pay the Registration Fee and the course fee with no problems. I found the whole transaction to be seamless and should present applicants with very little confusion if any at all. As a landlord with over 40 years experience in England and Wales, Rent smart Wales has been definitely the best website I have used.

  • Rents are going up because of this. We have been successfully ( as measured by tenants and our objectives) giving tenants what they want for over 25 years, in about 30 homes. We have a stripped down operation, no written agreements, no deposits, no inventories, no voids, (almost) no trouble. We do our own management, maintenance, accounting. All this means the lowest cost to the tenants, who stay a long time, and take good care of our places. This is going to make us behave like an agency which is what our tenants detest, and what they are going to have to pay extra for. This is not going to focus on rogue landlords, the registration money is going to be used to make our jobs more difficult. It is undermining the fundamental freedom of contract, where two parties come together as equals to freely agree to a mutually beneficial arrangement. We are not going to cooperate with any enforcement agency.

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