Looking to rent a flat or house in South Wales

If you’re a tenant Looking to rent a flat or house in South Wales, you need to create a checklist to ensure you get the new home you need.

If you go into your search with focus, you’re more likely to get a flat or house which meets your requirements.

Here’s our checklist for your search:

What’s the length of contract you need? – If you’re moving to a new area for work or study and need to get to know it, would a periodic contract on a month to month basis suit you? Most tenants who are expecting to stay in an area for a while prefer a fixed-term tenancy agreement which may run for six months or a year, for example. Most private rental properties are rented out on assured shorthold tenancies. Find out more about the contracts and which would suit you here: https://www.gov.uk/private-renting-tenancy-agreements/overview.

Read more about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant here: http://louvainproperties.co.uk/your-rights-and-responsibilities/.

Which areas would suit you? – Look at rental prices in an area, how close it is to work and schools, and whether it’s close to family members or friends. Look at the amenities in an area like shops, parks, post offices, and banks. Think about what you need – a young family will need access to good schools, parks, and play areas, while young professionals without children may well like to be close to bars and restaurants for their social lives.

What monthly rental price can you afford? – Work out a budget using this helpful guide from the Money Advice Service https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/how-much-rent-can-you-afford. You’ll need to factor in the cost of bills like food, travel, gas, electricity, your phone and broadband, water rates, and council tax. The local authority will be able to tell you the council tax rate on a property. Choose your budget carefully and leave yourself with some disposable income each month to save or use in emergencies.

What’s the relationship between the landlord and property manager? – A good relationship between a landlord and property manager is usually a good sign that repairs will be carried our promptly, for example. It’s worth chatting with the property manager about issues like that – and how often they are in contact.

It’s worth getting your financial ducks in a row as quickly as possible – so that you’re able to move quickly and secure the house or flat you like.

When you start your search, get your deposit, first month or two months’ rent, and references ready.

Check out the latest rental properties on our books here: http://louvainproperties.co.uk/lettings/

Louvain3There are just two months left for landlords to register with Rent Smart Wales and comply with new Welsh Government legislation.

Landlords who let their properties on assured, assured shorthold, and regulated tenancies are covered by the new law. All landlords in Wales have until November 23 to register themselves and their properties online at https://www.rentsmart.gov.wales/en/.

The process costs £33.50 online or £80.50 for a paper registration.

Run by Cardiff City Council but covering the whole of Wales, Rent Smart Wales is the new body licensing landlords under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.

You or your company need to register if:

  • You rent out a property to someone as their main home and they pay you for it.
  • Your company rents out that kind of property.
  • You jointly own a property which is rented out in this way – a ‘lead’ owner has to register in this case.

 

What landlords have to do

Landlords must register themselves – an agent can’t do it for them.

If you manage the property yourself, you’ll also have to apply for a licence. All properties with a domestic tenancy owned by a landlord have to be registered. They have 28 days to register any new properties.

Registration lasts for five years, then landlords have to re-register.

During the registration period, landlords have to keep records up to date on any changes to their names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, and other contact information given during registration.

They also have to notify Rent Smart Wales of any changes to people letting their properties or those managing it for them, or if they sell it.

 

Protection for landlords and tenants

Agents who manage properties for a landlord have to be licensed – even if they are friends or family members.

The Welsh Government wants all agents to be properly trained and to be ‘fit and proper’ people to take on the role – having no convictions in the relevant area, for example.

Rent Smart Wales, which also offers training courses for agents, can refuse licence applications from people it deems to not be ‘fit and proper’ agents.

The five-year licence requires agents to comply with a code of practice.

That gives landlords protections like written fees and details, and tenants protections like banning misleading statements about a property, getting their consent for credit checks, and giving existing tenants proper notice of viewings for prospective new tenants.

Agents and self-managing landlords who fail to abide by the code can see their licence revoked and they won’t be able to manage any properties in Wales.

 

If you’re a landlord looking for a property management service, ensure you choose one which is licensed and already complying with the law – just like Louvain Properties!

If you’re a tenant, protect yourself by choosing a, experienced and professional service which complies with the Rent Smart Wales Code of Conduct. Take a look at the properties we have to rent now http://louvainproperties.co.uk/lettings/

 

wordcloud-679949_1280Rent Smart Wales

The law in Wales now requires private landlords to register themselves and their properties with Rent Smart Wales.

Rent Smart Wales is a landmark scheme that will drive up standards in the private rented sector by requiring managing landlords and agents to register, undertake training and apply for a licence to ensure they understand their responsibilities.

It will help prevent the involvement of rogue, and even criminal, landlords and agents in the management and letting of properties. The scheme will help to protect tenants and will support good landlords and agents by helping them keep abreast of their responsibilities and legal obligations, raising the reputation of the sector.

The deadline for registration is 23 November, 2016.                 www.rentsmart.gov.wales

  1. Landlords must now be registered and deemed fit and proper by Rent Smart Wales to be able to rent out their property. They must also provide the address and details of each rental property for which they are the landlord. There is also a fee to pay.
  2. During registration the landlord must state who undertakes the letting and management at each rental property. It is that person who will need a licence from Rent Smart Wales.
  3. If a landlord or agent cannot obtain a licence, or due to non-compliance the licence is removed, they are unable to undertake the letting and management of rental properties in Wales.
  4. If you are a landlord and would like us to manage your property, then please get in touch. As we are Fully Licenced, we can take the financial burden away and offer first rate management over your property.

 

Check out our home page video.

 

 

This is Jane she’s decided that it’s time to get help managing her growing portfolio of properties.

Jane decided that Louvain properties were the company for her.

We ensured all her homes complied with legal requirements, to the correct standard; and carried out the required work with our expert team of tradesmen.

It wasn’t long before Louvain properties found quality tenants and every home was filled.

We can even offer a Rent guarantee in the event your Tenant loses their job, so if they can’t pay, you still get the rent!

In fact, we can even guarantee 100% of your rent from the word go whether your tenant pays us or not!

Truthfully, anyone can market a house, however, yours isn’t “any old house” so you don’t want just “any old company”

    You want – Straight forward, honest advice

    You want – a company with years of experience in property

    You want – people you can really trust

   You want – professionals that look after your property like it’s their own, ensuring you get the best price on your property.

You want – Louvain properties.

We’re a family run business, founded on delivering exceptional, personalised customer service

Come join our Family

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Louvain properties have an ex show house to let in Brynmawr Ebbw vale.

Three bedroom townhouse , master bedroom with en-suite, family bathroom, large living area with french doors opening onto rear garden, fitted kitchen, alarm, double glazing, garage and driveway. £650 pcm. Ask about our smart deposit solution. All freshly painted and ready to move in. Photographs to follow soon. www.louvainproperties.co.uk   Early viewing recomended!  Make a move this summer!

We also have commercial properties available in Ebbw vale, brynmawr and pontypool.  More details and photographs to be added to website soon.

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