More than 130 landlords questioned the six Welsh Assembly candidates battling to become the next Minister for Housing at the RLA and Homes for Wales Hustings event this week.
Items for debate included Rent Smart Wales, licensing and registration of landlords and the changes to the taxation of rented homes.
Current Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, whose portfolio includes housing, represented Labour and spoke about the housing crisis in Wales during the event, at the St David’s Hotel & Spa in Cardiff.
Griffiths took questions from the audience, many of which were private sector landlords, regarding the effectiveness of Rent Smart Wales, the fees associated with licensing and registration, and the decision to remove the six month moratorium from to the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill.
Conservative AM for North Wales, Mark Isherwood, also faced questions on the tax changes coming from Westminster.
The overall message of the evening was that private sector landlords need a strong voice in the Assembly, but that politicians need to listen and work with organisations such as the RLA.
There are now less than two months until the Welsh Assembly elections and the RLA in Wales is working hard to make members’ voices are heard louder than ever in the next Welsh government.
The next hustings event will be in Swansea on April 12.