Sunday, June 24, 2018

Landlords reminded to get licensed or face fines

Landlords reminded to get licensed or face fines

;

Landlords in Wales who manage their own properties are being reminded that they must submit their licence application to Rent Smart Wales to avoid prosecution.

;

The prompt comes as a number of landlords who have failed to become licensed were successfully prosecuted at Cardiff Magistrates Court.

;

Kowser Chowdhury of Princes Avenue, Roath, Cardiff was fined £3,600 under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 for carrying out letting and management activities for a number of properties without a licence.

;

Mr Chowdhury completed his registration with Rent Smart Wales but failed to submit a licence application. He was found guilty in his absence and magistrates ordered him to pay £692 cost and a victim surcharge of £66.

;

Cllr Lynda Thorne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities at Cardiff Council, the single licensing authority for Rent Smart Wales, said: "Self-managing landlords in Wales must realise that registering with Rent Smart Wales is not enough to comply with the law. They are also required to pass training and submit a licence application.

;

"Anyone who carries out letting or property management duties needs a licence. Enforcement powers have been active for some time now and we are tracking down and prosecuting individuals who aren't licensed.

;

"Training can help people to become better landlords and of course by becoming licensed, landlords will be complying with the law and will avoid prosecution. So it's important for landlords to complete the registration and licensing process as soon as they can."

;

A further two landlords were fined at Cardiff Magistrates Court for failing to comply with Rent Smart Wales.

;

Vale of Glamorgan landlord Anthony Thomas pleaded guilty to managing his 10 rental properties without a licence and must pay a total of £665 while Lee Jones of Albion Road, Port Talbot also pleaded guilty for failing to register or become licensed and must pay a total of £430.

;

Cllr Thorne added: " A conviction for a self-managing landlord has serious consequences as a condition of obtaining a licence is that someone is fit and proper to carry out letting and management activities. All those who continue to operate without a licence are putting their future business at risk."

;

Source: http://www.cardiffnewsroom.co.uk/releases/c/17563.html (Wed Jan 24th 2018)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Donate unwanted instruments - and give a Merthyr Tydfil child the gift of music

http://www.merthyr.gov.uk/news-events/latest-news/donate-unwanted-instruments-and-give-a-merthyr-tydfil-child-the-gif' title='Donate unwanted instruments - and give a Merthyr Tydfil child the gift of music' alt='Donate unwanted instruments - and give a Merthyr Tydfil child the gift of music'>

Do you have a musical instrument that you don’t use anymore?  A violin gathering dust at the back of a cupboard, perhaps, or a flute hidden in the depths of the attic?If so, you could help give a local child the gift of music while relieving your home of clutter at the same time.Following the Welsh Government’s Instrument...

We're Dreaming of a Green Christmas

It’s so easy to recycle from around the home, there are so many items! From plastic food and drink packaging to cardboard boxes and wrapping paper that housed gif' title='We're Dreaming of a Green Christmas' alt='We're Dreaming of a Green Christmas'>

We all know Christmas can be a crazy time - so many lists to write, shopping to organise and parties to attend! There's so much going on that often recycling and the reason it’s so important can fall to the very bottom of the priority list. Conwy County Borough Council explains why Christmas is actually the ideal time to recycle eve...

Getting your Christmas gifts online? Read this first

https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/getting-your-christmas-gif' title='Getting your Christmas gifts online? Read this first' alt='Getting your Christmas gifts online? Read this first'>

Wrexham’s Trading Standards team is advising shoppers to keep any eye on some basic online safety checks when buying goods or presents online – and the vast majority of them take just a few seconds to carry out.Research from National Trading Standards shows more than two thirds of shoppers leave out key safety checks when shop...

The goodwill gifts that had these tenants smiling this christmas..

https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/the-goodwill-gif' title='The goodwill gifts that had these tenants smiling this christmas..' alt='The goodwill gifts that had these tenants smiling this christmas..'>

The Erw Gerrig scheme is made up of 22 self-contained properties. Tenants here have recently received new kitchens as part of our extensive housing improvements project.The tenants took it into their own hands to welcome the workers from contractors, CLC.Every morning, they would prepare bacon baps for the workers to make sure they had be...

Festive gifts to top off improvement work at sheltered housing scheme

https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/festive-gif' title='Festive gifts to top off improvement work at sheltered housing scheme' alt='Festive gifts to top off improvement work at sheltered housing scheme'>

The scheme contains 20 self-contained properties. Homes here have recently received new kitchens and bathrooms as part of our huge housing improvements project.The work is being carried out to ensure we achieve the Welsh Government’s Welsh Housing Quality Standard.As with all properties receiving this work, tenants were given a sele...