The private rented sector plays an important part of meeting the housing needs of many people in Wales with about 12% of Welsh households living in privately rented housing. Currently in place in Wales are licensing of HMOs, Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme, the Housing Health and Safety Rating System and an all-Wales voluntary Landlord Accreditation Scheme. The Welsh government have made a public commitment to improve conditions for both landlords and tenants.
The Welsh Government has made a clear public commitment to making housing a greater priority in the coming years and their new powers give them greater opportunity to change for the better. The Welsh Government understands that having a decent home is a vital part of your life and affects everything including health and well being, children's education, the ability to hold down a job, the strength of communities. The Welsh Government is determined to make a difference. They are calling out for joint efforts with local authorities, housing associations, banks and building societies, industry representatives, charities and voluntary organisations.
The National Assembly for Wales and Communities and Culture Committee decided to focus of the role of the private rented sector in Wales, highlighting a number of areas where the PRS in Wales could be improved to deliver both better housing and better management standards.
One of the committee’s recommendations was for the government to research the effectiveness and feasibility of a mandatory licensing or registration scheme for all managers of private rented sector accommodation and letting agencies in Wales.
For the full recommendations and ‘Making the most of the Private Rented Sector in Wales’ follow the link below.
As one of the largest landlord associations in Wales, the RLA has its own blog dedicated to the Welsh private rented sector. It contains the latest sector news, as well as details of how landlords can get involved in our work in Wales.
Visit the blog today and find out more about our work in Wales.
Reforms to the way the private rented sector operates in Wales are based on ideology rather than evidence, argues the Residential Landlords’ Association.The Residential Landlords’ Association is warning that the government’s ‘Welsh Agents and Landlords Licensing Scheme’ (WALLS) will impose on the private rental sector a bureaucratic and ill-defined licencing scheme. The RLA believes that the scheme has the potential to put many existing landlords off investing in new... more
Legal, Infrastructure - 2013-05-14 11:17:43
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Infrastructure - 2013-05-10 09:51:18
Those planning on attending the Welsh Landlords Open Day on 20th May 2013 can now book their place onto workshops for free.The Welsh Landlords Open Day 2013, a free event organised by the RLA and Cardiff council for all landlords and property professionals across Wales, will take place at Cardiff City Hall on Monday 20th May from 3:00pm till 8:00pm. Landlords have the... more
Events - 2013-05-10 08:23:49
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Legal, Housing Welfare - 2013-05-08 08:40:14
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Finance - 2013-05-07 09:31:19