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RLA’s first Rent Smart Wales courses go live

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

The Residential Landlords Association has announced the date for its first Rent Smart Wales course for landlords, which will be held in Cardiff on February 10.
The association is one of the first providers to be given approval to provide mandatory Rent Smart Wales Landlord Licensing Training for landlords in Wales.

The Residential Landlords Association has announced the date for its first Rent Smart Wales course for landlords, which will be held in Cardiff on February 10.

The association is one of the first providers to be given approval to provide mandatory Rent Smart Wales Landlord Licensing Training for landlords in Wales.

This course, which covers the main aspects of renting out and managing private accommodation in Wales, is for landlords only and is a requirement of the licensing process of Rent Smart Wales.

All landlords who rent out property in Wales have to register with Rent Smart Wales and as part of the Rent Smart Wales licensing agreement licence holders are required to have completed approved training – meaning they can successfully manage tenancies within the law and maintain the rented property in good repair.

Rent Smart Wales was brought in on November 23, 2015 and landlords have been given 12 months to comply.

The RLA represents more than 40,000 private sector landlords throughout England and Wales. The course is delivered by trainers approved by Rent Smart Wales and landlords receiving training in this environment will also have the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other landlords.

The one-day classroom course on February 10 will be held at the Park Inn in Cardiff city centre between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

A second course will be held at the Ramada Plaza in Wrexham on February 18.

Future dates will continue to be released on the Rent Smart Wales training page and Welsh-language training courses will also be available.

Fees are £45 for members and RLA Accreditation Scheme members and £95 for non-members. A special deal is also available to non-members, offering the course and a one year membership of the RLA for just £90 when booking.

To book online click here.

If you would like to be informed of future Rent Smart Wales training course dates click here.

The course is relevant to landlord licensing only and not suitable for letting agents who will need to attend appropriate training in order to obtain an agents’ licence.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

3 Comments

  • I am an RLA Accredited Member with a Certificate valid until July 2017.

    I made contact with Rent Smart Wales after the Legislation changed in November 2015. I was told that as I was a current Accredited Member of the RLA via Caerphilly C.B.C that I should wait to be contacted by RSW.

    I followed this up by speaking to C.C.B.C. who stated that this was the case.

    Reading the information above, I get the impression that I now need to attend a Training Course.

    Can you inform me where I currently stand as an accredited Member please?

    • Hi Martin ,

      If you have previously done a Landlord Accreditation Wales course then you will, at most, be required to do some top-up training online as part of your licence. Rent Smart Wales are currently in the process of transferring all of the records from Landlords Accreditation Wales over to the new Rent Smart Wales system, which is why Rent Smart Wales are saying that they have you on their records, but they are still transferring you.
      Once Rent Smart Wales has transferred your old accreditation to the new system, they will email to let you know when to do the online top-up training.
      Both Rent Smart Wales and C.C.B.C. are both saying that they have your records and that you quality for the free online training. So for now, all you need to do is wait for your records to be transferred and the online training to go live.
      The online training is only available to previously accredited members (such as yourself) for free and for a limited time only (a few months). Those landlords who are not accredited will have to do more rigorous training, typically involving a one day course.
      Thanks, Admin

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