The Welsh ‘Housing Bill’ is ready to be unveiled this week and acknowledges the private rented sector (PRS) as an increasingly important aspect of housing in Wales.
The PRS helps young and vulnerable groups find housing that they would otherwise be unable to afford with the flexibility that comes with a modern economy and societal needs. The bill is aimed at ensuring that a standard level of accommodation is realised and that the PRS is a massively important area of housing in general.
Mandatory licensing with accreditation for landlords and letting agents within the PRS is embedded within the bill to improve standards of management and property standards for tenants. This is supported by a ‘Landlord Accreditation Wales’ scheme and improved information for tenants of landlords when looking at homes.
RLA Director for Wales Douglas Haig has been working hard for the past few years to ensure that private landlords are given a fair representation within the document and will continue to lobby along with other private landlords to assure that no unfair requirements are embedded in national or local requirements.
One key proposal that the RLA is keen on is providing tenants and landlords with raised awareness of their respective rights and responsibilities. This will go a long way to ensure that tenants are not being subjected to the unscrupulous practices of criminal (often referred to as ‘rogue’) landlords who mar the reputation of the majority of landlords who aim to provide suitable accommodation and professional service.
A bit of a surprise with the early launch of the Housing Bill today, but RLA Director for Wales, Douglas Haig will be appearing on BBC Wales Today tonight, 6:30 ITV Wales between 5:30 and 6:30 and BBC Radio Wales Live at 5:30.
Check back for more details as they emerge.