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Rent Smart Wales prosecutions have started with a Newport Landlord the first to be fined £4,400 by Newport magistrates and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.
Newport council prosecuted the landlord following an inspection of a property where it was discovered that a fire escape route was blocked, and the house did not have a licence for multiple occupants.
Landlords who own property in Wales but live in another area of the UK still must register with Rent Smart Wales and if using an agent to find tenants, collect rent or manage property on their behalf should be using a Rent Smart Wales licensed agent who will need to be a member of one of the Property Redress Schemes and have Client Money Protection.
As well as the introduction of Rent Smart Wales landlords should also be made aware of changes to Planning Law which has been implemented across the whole of Wales. Since February 2016 planning permission is now required if you intend on housing 3 or more unrelated tenants, effectively creating a country wide Additional Licensing zone.
Landlords and property owners need to be made aware of this Planning Law change as this effectively puts an end to the creation of small HMOs often created by Rent to Rent and Guaranteed Rental Schemes unless established use can be demonstrated at the property prior to February 2016.
Rooms In Cardiff info@RoomsInCardiff.co.uk Guaranteed Rent | Professional House Share | Student Property | LHA & UC |Pay As You Go HMO Managment Cardiff & South Wales
Rent Smart Wales Agent Licence Number: LR-37010-29907
The Property Ombudsman: E1405
NALS Licence No: A5315
A buy to let investor who ignored the controversial Rent Smart Wales scheme faces a bill of more than £3,500 for non-compliance.
Shelley Bailey of Wotton-Under-Edge in Gloucestershire has been prosecuted for breaking the law requiring all private landlords with properties in Wales to register and all self-managing landlords and letting agents to become trained and licensed.
Rent Smart Wales is the only scheme of its kind in the UK requiring agents, amongst others, to undergo training. Full/source article - Letting Agent Today
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