Many landlords and letting agencies advertise online. Popular national websites include:
These sites mostly advertise properties that are being let by a letting agent on behalf of a landlord. It is a good idea to check if the agent will manage the property while you live there, or whether the landlord will manage the property directly.
Other websites, such as Spareroom and Gumtree allow users to place ads directly. If you are searching for a property on this type of website, be aware that you could have fewer legal rights if the occupancy is a lodger’s agreement or sub-occupation contract. Make sure you check the contract before you sign. You should also check whether the property is registered with Rent Smart Wales and whether a Rent Smart Wales licence-holder will be managing the property. If the advertisement is for a lodger, the property does not need to be registered and licensed.
You may also find local websites or social media sites advertising places to rent.
Use a letting agent
Use a letting agency to help you find a home to rent. It is an offence for a landlord or letting agent to charge most ‘admin’ or letting fees so always get help before paying any fees.
Check or advertise locally
Look in local papers, magazines, shop windows and notice boards. You could also place an advert yourself.
Contact your local council
Your local council housing options service should be able to help you (especially if you need a landlord who accepts benefits or you are on a low income).