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Rent Smart Wales publishes enforcement data

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Rent Smart Wales has published fresh data on enforcement and has also updated it guidance around a rule when it comes to landlords who live far away from their rental property.

The data looks at Rent Smart Wales enforcement up to January 2019. It reveals that in total there has been nearly 500 fixed penalty notices issues across Wales, with 62 convictions.

As of January 2019, the most common reason for the issue of a fixed penalty notice was because the landlord had failed to obtain a licence.

It comes as last month, a Cardiff landlord was ordered to pay a £20,000 fine for failing to obtain licences and to let and manage those properties to let with Rent Smart Wales. The landlord was found guilty of 124 offences.

Tightening-up of the 200-mile rule

The “two-step rule”, introduced in May last year, has also been tightened up, with Rent Smart Wales updating guidance on this. Since last May it has been a requirement that landlords who who live outside of England, Scotland and Wales or 200 miles or more from their rental property are required to appoint a local* agent unless they have a locally based* staff member, formally employed on a contract of service.

What has changed now is that Rent Smart Wales have announced that landlords cannot appoint another landlord who lives nearby to help with this-and that an agent must be appointed.

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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