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Welsh buy to let landlords are being reminded that they are required to submit their licence application to Rent Smart Wales, following a number of successful prosecutions.
Welsh landlords who are in charge of managing their own properties are required to become licensed under the scheme. Cardiff Magistrates Court has successfully prosecuted a number of landlords who have failed to do so.
Kowser Chowdhury was fined £3,600 under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 due to his failure to obtain a licence for the properties for which he was carrying out letting and management activities for.
Mr Chowdhury had completed his registration with Rent Smart Wales but had failed to submit a licence application. The court found Mr Chowdhury guilty in his absence and he was ordere to pay costs of £692 as well as a victim surcharge of £66.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities at Cardiff Council, the single licensing authority for Rent Smart Wales, Councillor Lynda Thorne, said: ‘Self-managing landlords in Wales must realise that registering with Rent Smart Wales is not enough to comply with the law. They are also required to pass training and submit a licence application. Anyone who carries out letting or property management duties needs a licence.’
She continued: ‘Enforcement powers have been active for some time now and we are tracking down and prosecuting individuals who aren’t licensed. Training can help people to become better landlords and of course by becoming licensed, landlords will be complying with the law and will avoid prosecution. So it’s important for landlords to complete the registration and licensing process as soon as they can.’
Two more rogue were fined at Cardiff Magistrates Court for failing to comply with Rent Smart Wales.
Landlord Anthony Thomas pleaded guilty to failing to obtain a licence while managing his 10 rental properties. He must pay a total of £665. Lee Jones of Albion Road, Port Talbot also pleaded guilty for failing to register or become licensed. He must pay a total of £430.
Councillor Thorne added: ‘A conviction for a self-managing landlord has serious consequences as a condition of obtaining a licence is that someone is fit and proper to carry out letting and management activities. All those who continue to operate without a licence are putting their future business at risk.’