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At the recent Future Renting Conference in Wales earlier this month, new Welsh Housing Minister, Rebecca Evans, was the key note speaker.The RLA asked me to act as Presenter of their video coverage, and I am sharing the interview I did with Rebecca here with the RLA's kind permission:You can find out more about the conference and view further media >>> here.It is interesting to note that this is the first time that the Welsh government has had a minister with "Housing" in the title which shows that housing is very much on the political agenda in Wales.With so many changes happening in the PRS, and the legislation becoming increasing different to the rest of the UK, we have now started a Welsh PRS forum.If you are a Welsh landlord, or have properties in Wales, we look forward to your contributions to this new tribe!SEE ALSO - Rent Smart Wales ProsecutionsUP NEXT - "Rent Smart Wales" to launch on 23rd November ...DON'T MISS - New Stamp Duty rates announced for WalesNOW WATCH:
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Totally disagree with the RLA position on LL licensing.
Ticking a box on a Council Tax form will not do the job
LL licensing needs to include far more information.
Some of this should include
Confirmation of RTR property if mortgaged
Confirmation of LL insurance
Confirmation of tenant Council Tax payer
Confirmation of RTR checks on tenants
Confirmation of full compliance with all previous and current renting requirements like serving the How to Rent booklet to tenants.
Confirmation that any deposit has been protected within a prescribed scheme etc
Confirmation that the LL is not breaching mortgage conditions by letting to HB tenants if that lender prohibits letting to such tenants bearing in mind that £1 of HB would mean the LL breaching mortgage conditions.
Confirmation that LL are not using the property for short term accommodation such as SA or AirBnB if the lender conditions prohibit it.
Confirmation that all LL are signed up for the new Govt property redress scheme.
Confirmation LL is compliant with relevant EPC requirements.
Confirmation that an electrical certificate is valid.
Confirmation that a LL is a fit and proper person as deemed by the scheme and property redress scheme.
Confirmation that any lease allows letting to the particular type of tenants being let to.
So as you can see there are lots more things that a licensed LL should notify to be in business and properly licensed.
A tick on a CT form is totally inadequate.
Addition to this thread:S24 prompting Welsh landlords to holiday let