The Vale of Glamorgan Council is urging 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 license.
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 almost 7,000 properties in the Vale of Glamorgan have successfully completed the registration process, but there are estimated to be several hundred that are still to sign up.
Cllr Andrew Parker, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Building Services, said: “Rent Smart Wales came into force in November 2015 and it is great to see Wales leading the way in ensuring that landlords and agents are fully aware of their responsibilities. I am delighted that almost 7,000 landlords have registered in and across the Vale of Glamorgan. I would remind anyone yet to register they are now breaking the law and urge them to contact Rent Smart Wales immediately to avoid prosecution.”