Assembly Member for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies, is urging local landlords and agents to ensure they’re registered or licensed following a change to the law.
The warning comes after two recent convictions resulted in landlords being fined thousands of pounds for non-compliance with Rent Smart Wales. With enforcement powers now active, those still refusing to comply are being warned they run the risk of a criminal conviction if they do not contact Rent Smart Wales as a matter of urgency and take immediate steps to operate legally.
Under the Housing Act (Wales) 2014, all landlords must be registered whilst self-managing landlords and agents must undertake training in order to gain a licence.
The Rent Smart Wales website offers a ‘check register’ service which allows tenants and the wider public to check if landlords and agents are breaking the law. Latest figures show over 7,000 properties in Bridgend County Borough Council have successfully completed the registration process.
Huw Irranca-Davies AM commented: “It’s heartening to see so many landlords in the Bridgend local authority area have registered successfully. Rent Smart Wales has been put in place to help improve the private rental sector and raise standards for all, be they tenants, landlords or agents. “I would urge those landlords who have not yet complied to contact Rent Smart Wales as a matter of urgency, as they are now at a risk of prosecution and a criminal record.”