Our Managing Director Tony Jones, who has consistently campaigned for better standards in the rental sector, has welcomed the passing ofWales’ first Housing Bill.
Mr Jones, appointed as the Welsh representative of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) in December 2012, has been fundamental in ensuring more letting agents become ARLA accredited as part of a drive to improve standards in the sector.
Last month, the Welsh Government published its first Housing Bill. The Bill aims to tackle the poor practices of landlords and the amount of empty homes inWales.
The Bill follows plans originally outlined by ministers in May last year to tackle conditions in private rented homes.
The Welsh Government’s White Paper – that set out its intentions for the Bill – includes a proposal to ensure that all landlords sign a compulsory register before taking on tenants.
It highlights that, although there are many good landlords, tenants are sometimes put in poor circumstances by rogue landlords, resulting in many being left vulnerable to “poor conditions, insecurity and, sometimes, threats of eviction”.
Father-of-five Mr Jones, who lives in Penarth and has been running ACJ Properties since 1993, said:
“I am delighted that the Welsh Government has passed a Housing Bill to tackle unscrupulous landlords. My role as the Welsh representative of ARLA has allowed me to champion an improvement in the quality of rented property and its management in the private sector.
“With so many people choosing to rent, as a result of not being able to get onto the property ladder, there is a need for landlords to be aware of their obligations, particularly the increasing amount of legislation.
“The Welsh Government has identified for some time the requirement to improve the standards of accommodation in the private rented sector. Under the proposals set out in this Bill, landlords will need to go through a rigorous assessment process to become licensed, or appoint a licensed agent to represent them, which will go a long way to improve high standards of service and accommodation across the country.”