Choosing a House Share in Cardiff: Laws and Licensing

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.

All landlords and agents should be Rent Smart Wales registered and licensed
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:

  1. 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

You can use the Rent Smart Wales Public Register to check a landlord/property is registered and whether the landlord or their agent is licensed.

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 HMO?

HMO is a house of multiple occupancy, 3 or more unrelated people sharing amenities such as kitchen or bathroom
Is your Cardiff house share a HMO?

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 kitchen. 

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

Notice Board

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 years)

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.

If you are looking for a professionally managed house share in Cardiff please visit Rooms to Rent in Cardiff 

or alternatively complete the tenant registration form below to receive a call from one of our team

Pontcanna Canton Borders House Share

Pontcanna & Canton Borders Professional House Share Available now!

2 large well presented double rooms located on the Pontcanna/Canton border.  Superbly located for the bars, restaurants and cafe of both Pontcanna and Canton and you can enjoy a leisurely summer walk to work in Cardiff city centre.

Photos of the property and room will be available from early next week, but these rooms will not hang around long, due to their great location.

Address: Wyndham Crescent, Cardiff, CF11 9EH

Google Maps:  Wyndham Crescent

Large Double 1

Rent: £450 pcm

Bond: £450

Large Double 2

Rent: £500 pcm

Bond: £500

Existing housemates 2 working professional males.

Housemates will be required to undergo a thorough referencing procedure which included a credit reference, landlord reference and employment reference the cost of which is £150.

Cardiff Housemates Wanted

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Cardiff Housemates wanted for this large professional house share located on the doorstep of University Hospital Wales and Department of Work and Pensions.

Property also has off street parking for up to 3 cars and is a great location for easy access to A48, A470 and M4 as well as walking distance to Cardiff City Centre, Cardiff University and Cardiff metropolitan University.

*****ALL BILLS INCLUDED IN RENT*****

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The property has 5 rooms available including 1 ensuite room to rent in Cardiff (own WC & Shower) plus 2 additional shower rooms, so no queuing for the shower in the mornings!

Property also has off street parking for up to 3 cars and is a great location for easy access to A48, A470 and M4 as well as walking distance to Cardiff City Centre, Cardiff University and Cardiff metropolitan University.

Kitchen is equipped with a washer/dryer, 2 fridge freezers, cooker and hob.

Property is fitted with LD1 smoke and fire alarm and locks on individual rooms.

Property Reference: NRCF133BP

  • Available:                                      NOW
  • Bond Required:                           Bond Certificate Accepted
  • Google Maps:                              North Road House Share
  • Number Rooms:                         6
  • Rooms Available:                       1
  • Room Type:                                 Double Rooms
  • Shower/Bathrooms:                  2
  • WCs:                                             2
  • Parking:                                       Yes (3 Cars)
  • Garden:                                        Yes
  • Rent:                                            Covered by 1 bed Local Housing Allowance
  • Bills Included:                           All Bills
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  • Double Room 4                                360 Degree Tour Room 4
  • Rent:
  • Bond:                                                 £0.00

To arrange a viewing please complete the contact form below.

***Fees Apply to carry out necessary checks to meet existing government legislation for “Right to Rent” and ensure every tenant meets the criteria required to fulfil their obligations for the duration of the tenancy .

A non-refundable fee of £150 will be required to secure a room and conduct referencing, complete housing forms, create tenancy and complete necessary tenancy check-in documentation.***

House Sharing A Tenants Guide

House Sharing is becoming more popular across all demographics of the UK population, from fresh graduates who have just planted their foot on the first rung of the career ladder, under 35’s who are being forced to house share due to changes to housing benefits or more mature members of society who are no longer able to afford to live on their own.  Demand for house sharing is only going to increase as our islands population continues to grow and place an extra strain on our limited housing stock.

House Sharing main benefits are it is a great way to meet people if you are new to an area. House sharing offers a social life as well as place to live (we recommend multi let properties with a communal area) and financially it makes sense as bills are either included in the monthly rent (easier to budget each month) or split between all tenants.

Where to find a House Share

There a huge number of online mediums to find a house to share, sites include:

www.spareroom.co.uk

www.uk.easyroommate.com

www.gumtree.com

www.housepals.co.uk

www.roombuddies.com

www.kangaroom.co.uk

There are also sites geared toward specific geographic locations in the UK, such as:

www.intolondon.com

www.housesharewales.co.uk

As well as sites offering specific ethnic, gender and other preferences:

www.indianroommates.in

www.gayflatshare.net

So whatever you’re chosen location there will be a site and house share to suit your specific needs.

House Sharing: Arranging a Viewing

It is very important to view the property before committing to enter into a house sharing agreement.  When viewing a property it is now law that you are shown a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).  An EPC contains information about a property’s energy use and energy costs and provides recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money.  An EPC provides an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

Even if bills are included in the monthly rent and EPC will provide a snap shot at the overall condition of the property as often a more energy efficient house will have a modern boiler and double glazed windows which will be of benefit in the winter.

Other certificates to look out for are a Gas Safety certificate (renewed annually) and Electric Certificate (Valid for 10 years) and HMO License (mandatory if the property is 3 or more storey and houses 5 or more people) any House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) you visit should have a notice board containing the landlords contact details, house rules and certificates on display.  This is a good indication the Landlord understands and takes their responsibility to tenants seriously.

 What is the ideal number of Housemate

When embarking on your house sharing journey it is important to meet your potential housemate and decide upon which house share best suits your needs. Although there is no absolute “best” number of housemate when house sharing it is good to avoid two or three together as two housemates can create an intensely inwardly-focused and dependent situation, and falling out or pairing off in other relationships often happens.

Three same sex housemates can lead to accusations of favouritism or ‘ganging up’ against one housemate.  House sharing with four, five and even six mixed-sex housemates often promotes an environment that is high on flexibility and offers non-intense rapport that helps avoid dangerous arguments and fallings-out.

Obviously when house sharing with five or six housemates amenities need to be taken into account and I would recommend looking for a house share with more than one shower room and a separate WC or a house share that offers ensuite facilities.

Questions to ask potential housemates

What time do you get up in the morning?

What time do you go to bed?

Do you smoke?

How often and how would you clean a toilet?

What is the price of a large sliced loaf/jar of coffee?

What experience have you had of working in a team?

 House Sharing Legals

You’ve found the perfect house share; you spoken with the landlord and housemates, now the fun begins.  As previously mentioned you should have already seen a copy of the EPC during your viewing as well as the Gas safety Certificate.  Other factors to consider are a bond.  If the landlord or agent offers an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) and requires a bond legally they are required to protect your bond within one of the following tenancy deposit protection (TDP) schemes:

Your bond must be protected in one of the above within 30 days of receiving the bond payment and  the landlord or agent must provide you with a Prescribed Information Certificate containing the Terms and Conditions of the chosen TDP scheme.

More information about TDP Scheme can be found on the Government Gov.uk site:

https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit-protection/overview

AST or License

If you are house sharing with a live in landlord chances are you will be provided in a License rather than an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) as a form of housing contract.  Please be aware a housing license offers less protection from eviction than an AST.

If your chosen house share doesn’t have a live in landlord and you do not have a main UK residence other than your new house share the landlord or agent has no option other than provide you with an AST whether it be a written or verbal contract.

The charity shelter provides a wealth of information relating to AST and Licenses her:

http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/renting_and_leasehold/renting_agreements

Rooms in Cardiff in a specialist provider of HMO and multi let services to landlords and property investors in Cardiff and throughout South Wales.

We are also a source of information for those interested in house sharing and a great place to come if you are looking for a housemate or Rooms to Rent in Cardiff  and across South Wales.

Cardiff Professional House Share, Llanishen Street CF14 Bills & WiFi Included

Cardiff Professional House Share in Llanishen Street. Modern kopen plan kitchen/living area

 

RENT REDUCED IN MAY 2019 WHEN YOU SIGN A 6 MONTH TENANCY!

NO REFERENCING OR ADMINISTRATION FEES!

COSTS SUBTRACTED FROM FIRST MONTHS RENT

Rooms in Cardiff is pleased to offer this a modern Professional House Share, located on LLanishen Street, CF14. This professional house share  was fully refurbished in 2013 and comprises of 2 large double rooms with en-suite bathrooms and 4 double rooms.

 

housemates can take advantage of modern open plan kitchen/living area with French doors opening onto the garden, wall mounted LCD TV, dishwasher, double height fridge and separate freezer and a separate utility room containing a washer/dryer.

This Cardiff professional house share has had complete rewire, with each room on its own individual electrical circuit, hard wired internet and high speed fibre optic Wi-Fi throughout the house

This Cardiff House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) was been refurbished to a very high standard and rooms will not be available for long.  All rooms include double beds, large triple wardrobe, hard wired internet, TV point, locks on doors and mains wired smoke alarms.

Property Reference: 19LSCF140307

  • Room 2
  • Newly Decorated
  • New bed. mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • Double ensuite room to rent Cardiff (Own Shower, Wash Basin & WC)
  • located on the ground floor at the front of the property
  • Available Now
  • Rent was £560 pcm now £500 for first 6 months when you move in May 2019
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi & hard wired internet & cleaner
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard-wired internet
  • 360 Degree Room Tour & Photos coming soon

 

  • Room 3

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  • Double Room (THIS IS NOT AN ENSUITE ROOM)
  • located on the 1st floor of the property in the annex overlooking the garden
  • SORRY THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Rent £430 per calendar month
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi & hard wired internet
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet

  • Room 4
  • Double Room
  • located on the 1st floor at the rear of the property
  • AVAILABLE NOW
  • Rent was £420 pcm now £390 pcm for first 6 months when you move in May 2019
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet
  • Room 4 360 Degree Tour

 

  • Room 5
  • Double Room
  • located on the 1st floor at the front of the property
  • AVAILABLE NOW
  • Rent  was £400 now £370 pcm for first 6 months when you move in May 2019
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet
  • Room 5 360 Degree Tour

  • Room 6
  • Double Room
  • located on the 1st floor at the front of the property
  • SORRY THIS ROOM HAS BEEN TAKEN
  • Rent from £425 per calendar month  
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet
  • 360 Degree Room Tour: Room 6

  • Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/ULy7i
  • Number Rooms: 6
  • Shower/Bathrooms: 4
  • WCs: 4
  • 2 ensuite rooms to rent in Cardiff
  • Tenants: Professional
  • Male Tenants: 1
  • Female Tenants: 3
  • Parking: Yes, off street
  • Garden: Yes
  • Bike storage: Yes
  • Bills Included: Yes

What’s Local?

  • Got Beef
  • Society Standard
  • Sainsbury’s Local
  • COOP
  • Tesco Local
  • Tesco Extra
  • North Star Pub
  • The Heath Pub
  • Roath Park
  • Numerous bars, restaurants & takeaways

 Transport Links

  • Close to A48, A470 & M4
  • 15-20 minute walk to Cardiff City Centre
  • Numerous buses in to Cardiff City Centre via Whitchurch Road & North Road

 Local Employers

  • University Hospital Wales (UHW)
  • Companies House
  • BBC Llandaff
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (LLandaff)
  • Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Cardiff University
  • Welsh Governmen

Housemates

  • 3 Female & 2 Male
  • Ages Mid 20s-30s

Occupations

  • Radiology
  • Hospitality
  • Civil Servant
  • Finance
  • Law

To arrange a viewing please complete the contact form below to receive a call from one of our team.

*** Each tenant will be required to undergo Credit Referencing, Landlord Referencing, Employment Referencing. A non-refundable fee of £200 will be required to hold your required room and used to pay for referencing a break down of the costs involved can be found here Referencing Costs Breakdown.***

Rooms to Rent in Cardiff for Professionals, Australia Road, CF14 Bills & WiFi Included

Rooms to rent in Cardiff for professionals on Australia Road, Cardiff, CF14 3DB.  This Cardiff professional house share

Bike Shed

has recently undergone a major refurbishment and has the windows replaced throughout with modern uPVC as well as being decorated throughout.

This house is ready to move into with 5 double rooms to rent in Cardiff and 1 single room and boasts a fully paved garden with washing line and rotary line, modern kitchen including 2 fridge freezers, washer/dryer, dishwasher 2 shower rooms and WCs.

Showerroom

All rooms have been professionally decorated with new carpets and are furnished with bed, mattress, wardrobe and chest of draws and super-fast fibre optic broadband.

If you are looking to rent a room in Cardiff with plenty of local amenities and fantastic transport links into the city centre, then this Cardiff professional house share should not be missed!

Kitchen 1

Modern Kitchen

Property Highlights

  • ***No Bond to Pay Subject to Satisfactory References***
  • ***New uPVC windows throughout***
  • ***New Carpets & Flooring***
  • ***Newly Decorated***
  • ***Regular Cleaner Included***
  • ***Super-Fast Fibre Optic Broadband***
  • ***Walk to UHW***
  • ***15-20 Minute Walk to City Centre***
  • ***Great Transport Links***
  • ***Slabbed Garden***
  • ***Large Secure Bike Shed***

Property Reference: 6ARCF141407

  • Room 1
  • Large Double Room (largest room in the house)
  • Located on the ground floor looking onto the garden
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • No Bond to Pay Subject to Satisfactory References
  • Rent includes all bills & Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
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  • Room 2
  • Monthly Rent from £420 per calendar month
  • Large Double Room
  • Located on the ground floor at the front of the house
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • 360 Degree Tour: Room 2
  • Room 3
  • Double Room
  • Located on the 1st floor in the rear annex of the property
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Rent £430 per calendar month after the initial 6-month term
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws & desk
  • 360 Degree Room Tour: Room 3
  • Room 4
  • Double Room
  • Located on the 1st Floor at the rear of the property over looking the garden
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Normal Rent £450 per calendar month after the initial 6-month term
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • 360 Degree Tour: Room 4
  • Room 5
  • Large double room
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Monthly Rent from £475 per calendar month
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • Located on the 1st floor at the front of the property
  • 360 Degree Tour: Room 5
  • Room 6
  • Single Room
  • Located on the 1st floor at the front of the house
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Monthly Rent from £345 per calendar month
  • No Bond to Pay Subject to Satisfactory References
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes single bed, mattress, large wardrobe & chest of draws
  • 360 Degree Tour: Single Room
  • Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/BJYSv
  • Number Rooms: 6
  • Rooms Available: 2
  • Room Type: 1 Single & 5 Doubles
  • Shower/Bathrooms: 2
  • WCs: 2
  • Tenants: 3 male & 1 female
  • Parking: Yes, on street parking
  • Garden: Yes
  • Bills Included: Yes
  • Cleaner: Yes, for communal areas

What’s Local?

 Transport Links

  • Close to A48, A470 & M4
  • 15-20 minute walk to Cardiff City Centre
  • Numerous buses in to Cardiff City Centre via Whitchurch Road & North Road

 Local Employers

  • University Hospital Wales (UHW)
  • Companies House
  • BBC Llandaff
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (LLandaff)
  • Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Cardiff University
  • Welsh Government

To arrange a viewing please complete the Tenant Registration form below.

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*** Each tenant will be required to undergo Credit Referencing, Landlord Referencing, Employment Referencing. A non-refundable fee of £200 will be required to hold your required room and used to pay for referencing a break down of the costs involved can be found here Referencing Costs Breakdown.**

Cardiff House Share, North Road, CF14 Bills & WiFi Included

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Rooms to Rent in Cardiff Bills Included

Rooms in Cardiff has a double room available in a Cardiff house share on North Road, CF14 3BJ.  This House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) was refurbished in June 2012 and has a large kitchen including 2 fridge freezers, dish washer and washer/dryer, 2 shower rooms and 2 separate WC’s.

Rooms consists of a king-size bed, triple wardrobe, chest of draws and arm chair. If you are looking for space this property will not disappoint!

Property Reference: 168NRCF141407

  • SORRY ALL ROOMS HAVE BEEN TAKEN
  • DSS, LHA  & Housing Benefit Accepted
  • Monthly Rent includes all bills & WiFi
  • Tenants only pay electric usage for individual rooms
  • Bond or Bond Certificate
  • Rooms Available: 1
  • Room Type: Double
  • Shower/Bathrooms: 2
  • WCs: 2
  • Parking: Yes
  • Garden: Yes

What’s Local?

  • Sainsbury’s Local
  • COOP
  • Tesco Local
  • Tesco Extra
  • North Star Pub
  • The Heath Pub
  • Roath park
  • Numerous restaurants & takeaways

 Transport Links

  • Close to A48, A470 & M4
  • 15-20 minute walk to Cardiff City Centre
  • Numerous buses in to Cardiff City Centre via Whitchurch Road & North Road

 Local Employers

  • University Hospital Wales (UHW)
  • Companies House
  • BBC Llandaff
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (LLandaff)
  • Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Cardiff University
  • Welsh Government

To arrange a viewing please complete the Tenant Registration from below.

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North Road, Cardiff, outside view