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Landlords give evidence at Welsh PRS inquiry

The National Landlords Association has called on the Welsh Assembly Government to promote self-regulation of landlords and to use resources of local authorities to actively target rogue landlords who ignore the law, rather than introducing more regulations.

Barry Markham, NLA Director of Regions, told the committee:

“The private rented sector has stepped up to the mark and is providing good quality accommodation across Wales.

“But the legislation doesn’t serve to tackle rogue landlords who stay under the radar. They are the very people you don’t get to with legislation by the very way they operate.

“So it’s about targeting those through the local authorities to get to the heart of the problem which is the rogue landlord, rather than blanket licensing schemes."

Lee Cecil, Wales Representative for the NLA, said:

“There are plenty of regulations – we don’t need any more. What we need to do is to consistently and fairly enforce them.

“Accreditation of landlords is the key as it provides the bench-mark of quality. With greater incentives from local authorities, more landlords will be encouraged to join accreditation schemes for their personal development and their legitimate business interests.”

Following the inquiry a report will be produced by the Community and Culture Committee and circulated to the Welsh Assembly Government with recommendations for future directions.

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