Sprinklers Required in Wales
From 7 April 2011, all residential properties in Wales that are new build or converted after this date are required to have an automatic fire suppression system installed (sprinkler system). The legislation bringing in this requirement is the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011 and as the title suggests, the provisions only apply to ...
Fine for Newquay Landlord for HMO Management Breaches
At Bodmin Magistrates Court on 8 July 2011, Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing team successfully prosecuted Newquay landlord Karen Gamon of Toppers Hotel, 73 Mount Wise, Newquay for failing to comply with requirements of the Housing Act 2004 and the The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations. During inspection of the ...
Landlords Urged To Weed Out Cannabis Farms
Landlords and letting agents are in the front line of weeding out cannabis farms as criminal gangs increasingly turn rented homes and commercial properties into drug factories. Police are increasingly calling on landlords to regularly inspect their rental properties to catch the gangs. Drugs squad police are regular visitors to landlord ...
Courts Dish out Thousands in Fines to Rogue HMO Landlords
Courts have handed out fines of tens of thousands of pounds to landlords flouting housing law in recent weeks. (more…)
Rents and House Prices Still Rising Across the UK
Buy to let rents increased by 1.5% across the country in the year to the end of January, according to the latest official data. (more…)
Right to Rent Does Not Break the Law, Appeal Court Rules
Right to Rent has taken a new twist with the Court of Appeal ruling the measure does not breach human rights or equality laws. (more…)
Draft Reply To Proposed Wales Code Of Conduct
As previously reported, there is a consultation on the proposed code of practice which will accompany all licenses when the new registration and licensing regime starts in Wales (suggested October 2015 but as yet not confirmed). This code of practice is important because it will produce statutory burdens on all landlords and agents who let ...
Rent Smart Wales Announces First Approved Training Providers
The Guild of Residential Landlords has been approved as a training provider for Rent Smart Wales! Rent Smart Wales is the name given to the requirement to register and licence when renting property in Wales. From 23 November 2015, landlords and agents have 12 months to comply with the new legislation before it becomes an offence to let or ...
Rent Smart Wales Announces Transfer of Accreditation
Rent Smart Wales has announced that they have now transferred the records of landlords and agents who were accredited with Landlord Accreditation Wales (LAW) scheme. The accreditation was done away with at the same time as the launch of Rent Smart Wales. (more…)
Rent Smart Wales Announce New Fees Structure For Agents
When Rent Smart Wales first announced their licence fee structure for agents, it was a flat fee of £3,728.00 for an online application or £4,368.00 for a paper application. The only exception was a sole trader agent with no staff (connected person) which cost the same as a landlord licence - £144.00 online or £186.00 paper. (more…)