I have just received a very upbeat news bulletin from the Welsh Government.
Obviously they are keen to get the news out that THEY take housing seriously.
As opposed to the English Government who mainly seem to be concerned with driving poor families into the ground.
You can read the full report from Wales here but news items include
- More affordable homes being built in Wales – they are on track to exceed their target
- Over 7,500 empty houses turned into homes
- A report on the future housing needs in Wales which shows that even more building is needed
- A £100,000 regeneration scheme
- A pact with the House Builders Federation to increase housing supply
- Statistics for social housing Welsh Quality Standards which show that all social landlords are on track to meet targets, and
- News of the new legislation
Introduction of licensing – 23 November 2015
The new Welsh licensing scheme is due to open on 23 November after which time landlords and agents will have one year to register and apply for a license.
The place to do this is the Rent Smart Wales website. This will go live on that date along with the telephone helpline.
David Cox of ARLA has expressed concerns that the resources will not be sufficient to meet demand. I hope he is wrong as it would be nice to see this scheme succeed.
However, if you are a Welsh landlord be prepared for glitches while the system gets underway.
If you are a landlord or agent in Wales …
What Welsh landlords will need to consider over the next 12 months however, is whether they will become accredited and manage their properties themselves or whether they will instead use an accredited letting agent.
If you are a Welsh letting agent though, you have no choice – you MUST become accredited if you want to stay in business.
I wish all the staff at Cardiff Council all the best for their new venture. It will be interesting to see how the Welsh scheme goes – as it may turn out to be the template for something similar in England.
If, that is, we get a government who decides to take housing a bit more seriously.