All tenants have the following rights:
- The right to live in the property undisturbed.
- The right to live in a property that is safe and in good repair.
- The right to information about the tenancy including a copy of any tenancy agreement and the landlords details
- Protection from unfair eviction
- To have your deposit protected under a protection scheme and returned if you meet the terms of the tenancy agreement and do not damage the property.
- To have notice for any alterations in rent.
NOTE: If you fail to pay rent or breach the terms of your tenancy agreement your rights as a tenant can be affected.
Whether or not a tenancy agreement is in place, landlords and tenants still have certain rights and obligations under the housing legislation. Certain rights remain even if the tenancy agreement states otherwise, for instance, your tenancy agreement cannot usually stipulate you are responsible for repairing the structure of the property.
From 23 November 2016 all private landlords must register with Rent Smart Wales and provide details of their properties. If a landlord wants to manage the property themselves, they must hold the relevant licence. Alternatively, they can appoint a licensed agent to manage the property on their behalf. For more information visit the Rent Smart Wales website.