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Landlords Urged to Act to Avoid Costs of Regulation Change

31 August 2017 - Dorine Pannarale

Landlords of properties served by water companies in Wales risk falling foul of a rule change which means they need to keep their tenants’ details up-to-date with them – or face becoming liable for their charges. Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, which serves more than 1.4 million households and businesses across much of Wales, Herefordshire and parts of Deeside, issued Read More

Expert group to examine lessons of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

21 June 2017 - Daniel Bellis

The Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant AM, has announced that he is setting up an expert group to examine all of the lessons coming out of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and their application to Wales. The group will include representatives from the social housing and fire sectors and will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary’s Read More

Wales Goes to the Polls

8 June 2017

The long awaited day has arrived.  Today millions of UK votes will decide the outcome of the “snap” General Election called for by the Prime Minister just in April. From the get-go, it was evident that  Theresa May called for the election in order to coalesce a stronger leadership for the UK through the Brexit negotiation process. However, the short Read More

First Rent Smart Wales Prosecution

31 May 2017

  A landlord has been hit with a court bill of £5,570 for operating an unlicensed HMO and breaching Rent Smart Wales licensing requirements. Robert Ivor Grovell from Tram Lane, Llanfrechfa, Cwmbran was fined £4,400 by Newport magistrates and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and a £170 victim surcharge. Newport Council prosecuted the property owner following a property Read More

Understanding New Anti- Money Laundering Regulations 2017- Part 1

15 May 2017 - Dorine Pannarale

New Anti-Money Laundering Regulations are set to come into force in the UK at the end of June. Why should I care? Private landlords should be peripherally aware of this legislation because the property market can be, unfortunately, an ideal breeding ground for insidious, criminal behaviour. Money-laundering is a predominant feature of organised crime worldwide.  It a serious problem, Read More

Welsh Landlords Not Confident About Future of PRS

27 April 2017

The Welsh Government has published the latest dwelling stock estimates, showing that the total number of dwellings in Wales continues to grow steadily with an estimated 1.4 million dwellings at 31 March 2016. This reflects an increase of about 11 percent since 2000-01. The estimated number of private sector dwellings has increased steadily over the last ten years, mainly Read More

Brainstorm: Rent Smart Wales

11 April 2017 - 4 Comments

Rent Smart Wales has been with us for almost a year and a half now, with enforcement just kicking in last November. The national landlord licensing scheme requires all landlords renting private residential properties in Wales to register and if self-managing, licence. As of the end of March just over 74,000 of the projected 130,000 landlords have registered, and Read More

Conference Season 2017

3 April 2017 - Daniel Bellis

The Welsh political party conference season drew to a close last weekend in a rather sunny Llandudno where Welsh Labour hosted their conference for 2017. With the Local Government elections just around the corner there was a clear focus on local services, with a call for dedicating £20m on social care.  This is a direct appeal to Labour core Read More

Conservative Spring Forum

23 March 2017

Party conference season was in full stride last weekend as the RLA attended the 3rd of the season, the Welsh Conservative Spring Forum. The weekend was hosted in Cardiff at the SWALEC stadium, with Conservatives from all over the UK coming to talk about a range of issues, including housing and licensing. Over the weekend the RLA represented landlords Read More

Cardiff Landlord Forum Hustings roundup

16 March 2017 - Daniel Bellis

  Last night landlords in Cardiff had the opportunity to question some of the candidates standing for re-election in the local elections coming up in May, chaired by our own Director for Wales, Douglas Haig. Taking the questions from the landlords were Plaid’s Neil McEvoy (Fairwater Cllr), the Lib Dem’s Joseph Carter (Pentryn Cllr) and Gavin Hill-John Cllr and Read More