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NRLA Wales

The NRLA Wales team is based in Cardiff and represents the interests of private rented sector (PRS) landlords by maintaining good working relationships with the Welsh Government, Members of the Senedd, councillors, Rent Smart Wales, and other stakeholders in the housing sector. We also speak directly to landlords by facilitating select landlord forums.

In using its powers, the Welsh Parliament has passed three signifcant pieces of legislation governing the PRS in the last few years: the requirement to register and/or licence was brought in by the Housing Act 2014; wholescale reform is soon to come into force by the yet-to-be-implemented Renting Homes Act 2016; and the tenant fees were banned in 2019. Currently, the Welsh Government is taking a possession reform Bill through the Senedd which will significantly change the evictions regime in Wales.

NRLA Wales is here at every stage to ensure policymakers are aware of the issues affecting landlords and that their interests are heard as we aim to make the PRS work for both tenants and landlords.

Coronavirus

When the Covid-19 outbreak came to the UK, the devolved administrations followed the steps of the UK Government fairly closely. However, there has been some divergence between the UK Government and the Welsh Government in dealing with the pandemic.

Here, we detail some of the key differences and give further information on what the Welsh Government and local authorities are doing that landlords should know during the pandemic.

NRLA Wales Manifesto 2021

Now that the Senedd election is over, NRLA Wales will continue to push its manifesto calls for the next five years. NRLA Wales is committed to working with government, and all of those parties and politicians seeking to represent local communities, to shape legislation that benefits both landlords and tenants while improving standards across the sector. We believe this can happen by:

  1. Streamlining licensing
  2. Supporting landlords and tenants
  3. Improving homes
  4. Introducing a Welsh Housing Survey
  5. Improving justice for landlords and tenants
  6. Rejecting rent controls and Right-to-Rent

Rent Smart Wales: The Accountability Gap

The NRLA published a report in January 2021, Rent Smart Wales: The Accountability Gap, to review RSW’s performance as the body marks its fifth anniversary. The main conclusions of the report include:

  • RSW has an accountability deficit and lacks transparency;
  • There is no regular evaluation of RSW, hampering improvements to the regime;
  • The absence of a central, guiding strategy for the private rented sector (PRS) from the Welsh Government has contributed to RSW’s shortcomings;
  • RSW has not engaged well enough with landlords, tenants, or local authorities;
  • Landlords are paying in more than they get out of RSW; and
  • In meeting its objectives, RSW’s record has been far from stellar despite meeting a number of its targets for participation.

The report, marking the most comprehensive assessment of the powerful quango, to date also makes recommendations to improve RSW’s performance and stakeholders’ confidence in it:

  • There should be a public annual report into RSW’s performance and direct scrutiny by the Senedd every year;
  • Operational and political decisions should be clearly identified for reasons of accountability;
  • As was recommended by a Senedd Committee in 2011, an encompassing PRS strategy from the Welsh Government is needed, potentially setting out a wider role for RSW;
  • The unanticipated surplus, numbering in the millions, generated by RSW through law abiding landlords should be used to provide discounts or free training for landlords or more effectively deployed into improving enforcement activities and tackling criminal landlords.

Write to your Members of the Senedd using this editable, downloadable letter urging them to consider our report and to instigate a committee inquiry into Rent Smart Wales.

Wales Pages

Tenant Fee Ban Toolkit Wales

Last Updated: 29/09/2020

What fees are banned and allowed in Wales

Rent Smart Wales

Last Updated: 13/08/2020

Registration and licensing in Wales

RSW Licence Conditions

Last Updated: 13/08/2020

What is required from you as a licensed landlord. Includes links to agent conditions.

Property Inspections in Wales

Last Updated: 18/08/2020

What is expected of licensed landlords in Wales regarding inspections and template checklists to help.

Pre-Tenancy | Landlord Resources

Last Updated: 11/12/2020

What to prepare before a tenancy

Starting A Tenancy | Landlord Checklist

Last Updated: 28/09/2020

How to start a tenancy

Looking After Your Property | Landlord Resources

Last Updated: 11/12/2020

How best to protect and maitain your property

Section 8 Notices in Wales

Last Updated: 04/05/2021

What you need to know about grounds-based possession

Section 21 Notices (Accelerated Possession) in Wales

Last Updated: 28/09/2020

What you need to know about no-grounds possession

Applying To Court After Serving A Section 21 (wales)

Last Updated: 17/03/2021

What to know when a S21 notice has not worked

Latest news

The latest news on the private rented sector in Wales:

Blog: What Welsh parties are promising ahead of the polls

With the Senedd election in less than a week, NRLA Wales has analysed the manifestos of teach of the political parties to see how landlords would fare under their plans.

Insights and Opinions Calum Davies 30/04/2021
Blog: What Welsh parties are promising ahead of the polls

Improving homes: why the Welsh Government can't put this key priority on the back burner

In our third blog focussing on the NRLA Wales' manifesto calls ahead of the Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament election, we outline how to improve homes in the private rented sector (PRS) and why,

Insights and Opinions Calum Davies 13/04/2021
Improving homes: why the Welsh Government can't put this key priority on the back burner

NRLA Wales hustings highlights

On Thursday, NRLA Wales held its hustings ahead of the Senedd election in May. NRLA Chief Executive Ben Beadle hosted Labour's Mike Hedges MS, the Conservatives' Mark Isherwood MS, Plaid Cymru's Cllr Cefin Campbell, and the Liberal Democrats' Cllr Rodney Berman on the panel.

Industry News Calum Davies 12/04/2021
NRLA Wales hustings highlights

How the next Welsh Government can better support landlords and tenants

In the second of our series of blogs focussing on our manifesto calls ahead of the Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament election, we look at support for landlords and tenants. The NRLA is conscious of the need for a balanced approach and a private rented sector that works for all.

Insights and Opinions Calum Davies 06/04/2021
How the next Welsh Government can better support landlords and tenants

Why the next Welsh Government should streamline licensing

Countdown to the Welsh election series - Our flagship call is for the current licensing system to be streamlined.

Insights and Opinions Calum Davies 30/03/2021
Why the next Welsh Government should streamline licensing

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Calum Davies

Calum DaviesWelsh Policy & Public Affairs Officer.

Calum Davies is the Policy & Public Affairs Officer for NRLA Wales. After working in communications and research for a political party in the Welsh Parliament, Calum moved to the NRLA to promote the work of the Association to members, politicians, and stakeholders in Wales.

He ensures they are aware of landlord interests when they legislate and regulate in the PRS, helps run the Cardiff Landlord Forum, and develops policy and organises events for NRLA Wales.

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