This regulation applies to you if your properties are in the Dee Valley Water areas and your tenants pay their own water bills.
From the 1st of January this year landlords in Wales and some parts of England are required to register details of existing and new tenants with their water company via www.landlordtap.com, or face being jointly-liable for water bills. Details can also be registered by telephone post or email.
This legislation was not passed until late December and with the regulations coming into force on the 1st January. RLA Cymru expressed concerns that many landlords may not yet know about the new regulations or have had the time to register all of their tenants once they realised their new obligations.
As a result of ongoing discussions with the Water Industry, RLA Cymru and Dee Valley Water Company have agreed a three month grace period for landlords with properties in Dee Valley Water areas. This means that landlords with affected properties in these areas will have until April 1st 2015 before Dee Valley Water Company will enforce this regulation.
However, we would still encourage all landlords with properties in both Welsh Water and Dee Valley Water areas to register tenants within the specified 21 days from the start of a new tenancy and For existing tenants, try do this by 21st January 2015 via www.landlordtap.com.
Do not leave this until the last minute! This is only a period of grace during the initial transitional period of these regulations being implemented – it is not a formal delay from the Welsh Government.
For now this period of grace only applies in the Dee Valley Water areas
To register details of tenants go to: www.landlordtap.com
To find out who you water provider is, go to: http://www.ofwat.gov.uk/consumerissues/watercompanies/map/