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Welsh Government guidance for property agents and landlords

Tuesday 07 April 2020

The Welsh Government has produced Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance covering self-isolation, visiting a property, mental well-being, supporting tenants and business support.

The guidance outlines that the Welsh Government are working closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to ensure that the specific implications for agents and landlords in the private sector in Wales are taken into consideration. The document is entitled Version 1 and the information is set to be updated as things develop.

The Welsh Government has also issued guidance to local authorities outlining that enforcement in the private rented sector should be focused on emergency situations.

KEY POINTS FROM THE GUIDANCE

SELF-ISOLATING

  • If property agents are self-isolating, then they should ensure that tenants are made aware of alternative arrangements to get in contact.
  • For older or vulnerable tenants, agents should contact them by phone, email or text message to see how they are coping.
  • If a tenant requires hospitalisation for COVID-19, the property should be thoroughly cleaned.

VISITING PROPERTIES

  • Any non-urgent visits to properties should be postponed and this includes property viewings and non-urgent repairs and/or maintenance.
  • Where urgent access is required to a property if agents must visit a property the Welsh Government recommends checking with the tenant to understand whether they are self-isolating and follow medical advice.
  • The Welsh Government has issued guidance to local authorities emphasising that enforcement in the private rented sector should be focused on responding to emergency situations and that enforcement of EPC standards is not to be classed as an emergency at this current time.

Guidance

MENTAL WELLBEING WHILST SELF-ISOLATING

  • It’s important to keep active and exercise, even if self-isolating within your home.
  • Staying in touch with friends and relatives on the phone or by social media.

SUPPORTING TENANTS

  • A guidance document has been created to provide specific information for private sector tenants across Wales.

Guidance for tenants

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF EVICTIONS

  • The Welsh Government’s guidance reiterates the UK Government’s Coronavirus Act 2020 and the measures to temporarily suspend evictions are also applicable in Wales.

Changes to evictions

BUSINESS SUPPORT

  • A helpline has been set up by the Welsh Government to help businesses and self-employed individuals.

Business and employers support

WHAT PROPERTYMARK IS DOING

Propertymark is in regular dialogue with the Welsh Government and is working with them to ensure they understand the impact that Coronavirus is having on agents working in Wales and what measures need to be in place to support them. Further information will be posted when information is released.

Guidance for landlords and managing agents

RENT SMART WALES

On 23 March 2020, Rent Smart Wales closed its call centre because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Agents wishing to speak with Rent Smart Wales are advised to use the online contact form. 

Contact

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Rent Smart Wales has cancelled all classroom training courses for the foreseeable future and no bookings will be taken until further notice. Anyone with outstanding training requirements is advised to complete the Rent Smart Wales online training.

Rent Smart Wales report that Coronavirus should not impact the time taken to process licence applications. Where there is a delay, applicants will be contacted.

Rent Smart Wales