Duncan Lewis

Residential Property

Commercial Property

The Welsh assembly is to vote on the proposed reforms which would allow only accredited homeowners to let their properties.

Date: (22 May 2012)    |    

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The private landlords would need to obtain a license before letting their homes which is seen as safeguarding the interests of the increasing number of private tenants from poor or exploitative landlords.
The Labour-controlled government is also putting forward a white paper, which include schemes to build more new homes and make sure empty properties are filled.
The Welsh housing minister, Huw Lewis, said it was not just the issue of providing people with houses but also involved people’s health and well being and their ability to find and keep a job.
He added that for children, it was the foundation for the rest of their lives.
Other eye catching measures included in the white paper were giving discretionary powers to local authorities to increase council tax on properties empty for more than a year and providing more homes through pioneering co-operative schemes.
Backing its proposals to reform the way private landlords were regulated, the Guardian news paper said that over the last decade the number of privately rented dwellings had almost doubled and some people had to endure poor conditions, insecurity and, sometimes, threats of eviction.
The latter, combined with the lack of other options, means that many people, often vulnerable people, put up with the questionable practices of some landlords and lettings and management agents.

 

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