A Milford Haven letting agent has become the first commercial agent in Wales to be found guilty of managing properties without a licence.
Yvette Phillips, trading as estate agent R Miles Scurlock of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, failed to submit a completed licence application or register her rental properties under Rent Smart Wales.
Cardiff Magistrates fined Mrs Phillips £4,600 for three offences under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, ordered her to pay court costs of £671 and a £170 victim surcharge.
Mrs Phillips was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice in June this year, but she failed to pay, submit a licence application or register the properties, despite further reminders.
The first prosecution of a letting agent for failure to comply with Rent Smart Wales, and serves as a warning to both letting agents and landlords of the importance of meeting the requirements.
With reports of fines for non-compliance of no less than £3,000, landlords and letting agents are being reminded not to ignore fixed penalty notices or warning letters that they are sent.
Earlier this year, a Cardiff landlord was fined a staggering £11,000.
The landlord in this case admtted a number of offences relating to an eight-bedroom shared house in Grangetown.
Amongst the offences were operating a licensable housse in multiple occupations without a license, failure to register as a landlord and failure to apply for a license with Rent Smart Wales.
The landlord also failed to comply with notices requiring the submission of documents and information.
It is nearly a year since it became law for all properties in Wales to be registered with Rent Smart Wales.
A session on the progress of the licensing scheme, as well as the future direction of mandatory licensing in Wales will be delivered at the RLA’s Future Renting Wales conference on the 30th November, by Environmental Health and Enforcement Officer Anne Rowland.
Learn more about Rent Smart Wales on our website.