INFORMATION TO ALL LANDLORDS

Rent Smart Wales are running a free online course on “Equality & Diversity”.  Anyone interested in doing this course or to find out more information please log onto www.rentsmart.gov.wales Share...
RLA attend Welsh Labour party conference: the highlights

RLA attend Welsh Labour party conference: the highlights

Article written by Tim Thomas of the RLA dated April 15th 2019 RLA Wales attended the Welsh Labour Conference in Venue Cymru in Llandudno over the weekend. It was a busy weekend, in which Welsh Labour announced plans to axe Section 21. Soon after this announcement, our Vice Chair Douglas Haig (pictured centre) met with First Minister Mark Drakeford AM (pictured right main picture) to find out more about the proposal. Here, RLA Policy Officer Tim Thomas blogs about the weekend at the conference, including an important announcement the First Minister made at the conference for private landlords in Wales. RLA Wales attended the Welsh Labour party conference at the weekend. As part of our presence, we had an exhibition stand with the opportunity for members attending the conference to engage with us and to take part in a quiz. The quiz highlighted many misconceptions about the PRS including the fact that repossessions are actually higher in the social sector than the PRS, average rents have only gone up by 0.9% and well below inflation, on average tenancies last for 3.9 years and that satisfaction levels are higher in the PRS than the social sector in Wales. The quiz also highlighted some of the work we had done in improving equalities within the sector with joint work with Tai Pawb with our Open Doors project. Members of the Welsh Labour Party took part in the quiz, but also a number of senior elected politicians took the opportunity to test their knowledge on the sector. This included engagement with: Ann Jones AM, Assembly Member for the Vale of Clwyd, Deputy...
Wales fee ban to come into force this September

Wales fee ban to come into force this September

Article supplied by Victoria Barker of the RLA dated 8th April 2019 The Welsh Housing Minister Julie James AM has announced that the tenant fee ban will come into force in Wales on 1st September 2019, subject to it receiving Royal Assent. The Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Bill was debated for a final time in the plenary last month. It is currently awaiting Royal Assent, after which it will become an Act. Which fees will be banned? The legislation will make it illegal for letting agents and landlords in Wales to charge anything other than permitted payments, which are rent, security deposits, holding deposits, utilities, communication services, council tax, green deal charges and default fees. All other payments are classed as being ‘default’ payments, and will be banned under the legislation. RLA campaigning The RLA has been very active in the progression of this Bill, ever since it was formally introduced ny the Welsh Government last year. During the early stages of the Bill,  the RLA’s Director for Wales, Douglas Haig, gave evidence on the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, in the Senedd. As well as making a formal response to a consultation on the Bill, The RLA has also met with several AMs to discuss the details of the Bill, and earlier this year, ahead of the stage three debate of the Bill, the RLA encouraged members to write to their AMs about the amendments to the bill. You can read a timeline of the RLA’s involvement in the progression of the Bill here. The announcement comes less than two months until the...
Landlords in Wales reminded notify water providers of tenancy changes to avoid costs

Landlords in Wales reminded notify water providers of tenancy changes to avoid costs

Article Written by Victoria Barker for the RLA dated 14th February 2019 Landlords in Wales are being reminded that they must inform their water provider of any tenancy changes within 21 days of the change, specifically full name, address, date of birth and the occupation date of all responsible tenants. The reminder is being made by Hafren Dyfrdwy, the new water company formed from the coming together of Dee Valley Water and Severn Trent. It is urging landlords to be mindful of the Water Industry (Undertakers Wholly or Mainly in Wales) Non-Owner Occupier Regulations 2014. These were introduced by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2015. Failure to provide this information may result in Hafren Dyfrdwy exercising their entitlement under the regulations to hold landlords responsible for charges. Learn more If you are a landlord in Wales, the RLA run Rent Smart Wales training courses. There is a course for landlords and a course for agents. Keep up to date with the latest news affecting landlords in Wales on the RLA Wales website here. Share...
Fitness for Human Habitation in Wales-update

Fitness for Human Habitation in Wales-update

Article Written by Victoria Barker supplied by the RLA dated February 12th 2019 The Fitness for Human Habitation Act will come into force on 20th March, and it will require all landlords (or agents acting on their behalf) in England to ensure their property is fit for human habitation at the beginning and throughout the tenancy. If it is not, the Act gives tenants the power to take landlords to court, for breach of contract. The Housing Health and Safety System (HHSRS) (currently under review) will be used to assess whether homes meet the criteria. We have produced a guide for landlords in England on this Act. While it is still important that ALL home are fit for human habitation, the changes the new Act makes do not apply to Wales. This is because this element comes under Section 91 of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016. The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 is currently still being consulted, with the previous Welsh Housing Minister Rebecca Evans AM confirming at our Future Renting Wales, that documents relating to the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will be made available six months before it is enacted,to give landlords the chance to prepare. While no confirmation has been set for this, it is expected to come in no earlier than 2020. Landlord’s obligation: fitness for human habitation (1)The landlord under a secure contract, a periodic standard contract or a fixed term standard contract made for a term of less than seven years must ensure that the dwelling is fit for human habitation. This applies on the occupation date of the contract, and also for the duration of the contract. (2) The reference in...