51 year old Anthony Burrell owns private flats above his framing business in Aberystwyth, and has rented them out for years. After reading an article in the local paper and receiving a flyer through the post, Anthony decided to get ready for the new law in plenty of time so he wouldn’t get caught out by the 23 November deadline – and he’s found himself pleasantly surprised by the simplicity of the process.
“After hearing about the new licensing requirements, I looked Rent Smart Wales up online and used the website initially to find out more information. The website was really useful, and it had a logical and clear flow of information so it was easy to spot which parts applied to me as a private landlord.
“It was important for me that I was able to attend a local training course, as any travel away would impact my framing business because I’m a sole trader and would have to close. Luckily, I was able to find a day course in Aberystwyth itself, so I was able to get it sorted nice and early and without too much hassle.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course I attended, and I definitely learnt a couple of things that I have to admit I didn’t know before. There were quite a few light bulb moments for me, and I would say the training has definitely improved the way in which I operate as a landlord in today’s fast-moving and demanding sector.
“In my opinion Rent Smart Wales and what it is setting out to achieve for the rental sector can only be a good thing, raising standards for everyone and safeguarding tenants across Wales.”