Choosing a place to live is one of the most important
decisions you have to make. This
decision will have a fundamental impact on your general well being and will
influence your work and studies, therefore its important you get it right!
The housing landscape has changed dramatically in the United
Kingdom with new laws and legislation, with Wales leading the way on housing
policy in with the introduction of Rent Smart Wales.
If you are new to Cardiff and searching for a house share its
important to check the potential landlord and their agent are:
A Registered Landlord: Any landlord who has a
rental property in Wales which is rented on an assured, assured shorthold or
regulated tenancy is required to register.
They are a Licensed Landlord or use a Licensed
agent: Landlords who are not involved in setting up tenancies and managing
their rental properties do not need a licence; however, they must use a local
licensed agent and register as a landlord declaring their agent on the
registration. Landlords who do undertake
letting and management tasks at their rental properties in Wales are required
to apply for a licence
When viewing a potential Cardiff house share the self
managing landlord or agent should show you a their Rent Smart Wales ID card.
Is the Property a
When choosing a house share in Cardiff you will also need to
consider if the property is a House of Multiple Occupancy, often referred to as
an HMO. A house in multiple occupation
(HMO) is a property rented out by at least 3 people who are not from 1
‘household’ (for example a family) but share facilities like the bathroom and
If the property is an HMO it may need planning permission and
require additional licensing as well as having to comply to more stringent fire
safety and space and amenity regulations.
You can find out more about HMOs from Cardiff Council Here
If your Cardiff house share is made up of 3 or more
unrelated people, it will require more stringent property management, and this
includes a notice board which is displayed in a prominent position in the
property. The notice board should
contain the following information:
HMO license if required
HMO Managers contact details
A valid Gas Safety Certificate (renewed annually)
Electrical Certificate (Renewed at least every 5
If your potential landlord or property manager isn’t
fulfilling the minimum legal requirements where else are they cutting corners
and compromising on house mate’s safety and security? Therefore, we believe it is important to
bring the often-overlooked aspects of housing to the forefront of people’s
minds when searching for their next Cardiff house share.