Speaking as the Welsh Government launched its ‘Rent Smart Wales’ initiative [14th July 2015], Douglas Haig, Vice Chairman for the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) in Wales said:
“Whilst we encourage all landlords to comply with the new regulations and follow the Welsh Government’s guidance, the RLA believes that this will detract local authorities’ attention away from tackling the minority of landlords who are criminals and stretch resources further.
“We believe that existing regulations in the private rented sector are sufficient to tackle the criminal landlords, however we do not see adequate enforcement of the powers that already exist.
“A better deal for tenants would be to put the resources used to create the scheme into enforcement instead.”
The Welsh Government has yet to confirm when a landlord will be able to start registering under the scheme, preparing for training, applying for a licence, or the cost of licensing, although the RLA expects that this will be from £200 per managing landlord.
The RLA represents almost 20,000 private sector residential landlords in England and Wales.
The Welsh Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths AM will today unveil “Rent Smart Wales”, the brand for the new landlord and agent registration and licensing scheme which comes into effect this autumn.
— LandlordZONE® Press (@LandlordZONEPR) July 29, 2015