Welsh Government officials have contacted the RLA to say that the time line for the implementation of extra landlord responsibilities (in providing tenant information to water companies), will have to be moved back. This mirrors the RLA arguments that the initial timeframe given was going to be tight for landlords and tenants.
Welsh Assembly Government is to bring in a system that makes landlords responsible for providing tenant details to water companies in a bid to reduce ‘water debt’ in Wales. The RLA have been campaigning in Wales heavily and responded to consultations from Welsh Water and Dee Valley. The RLA argued early on that such fundamental changes to the way things have been done would require more time and consideration.
The RLA argued at the time that the proposed roll-out of the system, to make landlords responsible for providing tenants details to water companies, in April 2014 was too soon to effectively implement education for landlords. Additional fears were that the water notification portal would also struggle to meet the deadline, it seems exactly this has come to pass.
For an outline of landlord responsibilities view our article: Water debt: who is responsible?
At time of writing there is currently no firm date that the system will be brought in. In the meantime the RLA wants to remind all private landlords with properties and tenants in Wales to stay vigilant of the current private housing sector in Wales as it is the focal point of many proposals and measures set to come in over the next year.