The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 has been passed by the National Assembly for Wales and it received Royal assent on 17 September 2014.

Lesley Griffiths, Minister with responsibility for Housing and Regeneration said:

The Act will have a positive impact and make a difference to people’s lives. Tackling inequality, poverty and enabling social justice are at the heart of the Act. It has received widespread support from organisations and individuals from inside and outside the housing sector and is something of which we should be proud. As Shelter Cymru so aptly put it, it is without doubt one of the most important developments for people and homes in Wales for a generation.

The main part of importance for our purposes is that every landlord with one or more rented property in Wales will need to be registered under the Act. This includes landlords that use a letting agent to manage their properties. In addition to registration, all persons carrying out certain kinds of lettings activities will need to be licensed to do so. This will apply to all private landlords (who mange their own properties) and to all letting and managing agents.

It will be a criminal offence for a failure to be registered or licensed depending on which is required for the individual circumstances.

There is no commencement date published as yet and much of the legislation will be controlled by regulations which are yet to be made.

We will report back soon after reading in detail.