NLA calls for clarification of Housing Bill for Welsh landlords

by Daniel Jones

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has stated that proposals put forward in the Housing (Wales) Bill must be clarified in order to remove levels of uncertainty that are currently pervading the nation's letting sector.

Outlining the new measures that will come into force under the Bill at the organisation's national conference earlier this week, Welsh Assembly minister for housing and regeneration, Carl Sargent, revealed that the policy will see landlords tasked with registering with local authorities in every area where they plan to rent a property.

Furthermore, councils would be given the responsibility of setting their own accreditation, licensing and training requirements.

Mr Sargent concluded his speech by stating that the role of the government is to work alongside landlords to provide more sustainable homes.

However, those attending the conference were left somewhat underwhelmed by the proposals, with many believing that the new system could result in a considerable level of bureaucracy and duplication of records within the industry, while also making it more difficult for landlords to rent their premises.

NLA chairman Carolyn Uphill stated: "Many landlords in Wales will need to obtain multiple licences from multiple local authorities. They need a promise that there will be clarity and simplicity over what will be required of them.

"Similarly, the Welsh local authorities will need guidance on how the proposals should be administered locally and how it will be regulated so that any unnecessary duplication is removed."

She added that the clear message from the conference is that more thought now needs to be given to ensuring that a national framework for the accreditation of landlords is set up, as failing to do so could result in unnecessary headaches for all those hoping to let properties across the country.

Ms Uphill concluded that there is need for a national accreditation framework in Wales and not one that could potentially have a range of local variations.

Published on: November 22, 2013

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