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Trade body unveils seven-point plan for future of private renting

The National Landlords Association has revealed a seven-point plan which would allow the Welsh Government greater powers over the private rental sector - with more support given to it to solve the housing crisis in the principality.

The points, contained in a new report called Improving the Private Rented Sector in Wales, has been created following discussions between the NLA and the Welsh Government itself, the Rent Smart Wales licensing authorities, local councils and Welsh charities. 

The report has now been put to the Welsh Government, and includes a request to take a more robust approach to rooting out non-compliant landlords. 

The seven points are: 

1.   Ask the UK Government, during the negotiation of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, to consider which powers can be devolved to Wales to ensure it has effective control over housing policy. 

2.   Call on the UK Government to allow Universal Credit payments to be paid directly to the landlord, as they can be in Scotland, if this is the choice of the tenant.

3.   Take, alongside enforcing bodies, a more robust approach when enforcing legislation to root out non-compliant landlords.

4.   Set up a ministerial advisory group to ensure there is a meaningful and continual dialogue with sector stakeholders on policy developments affecting the PRS.

5.   Commit to undertaking an annual survey on the condition of housing in Wales. 

6.   Explore ways to support landlords in meeting and surpassing energy efficiency obligations.

7.   Use Rent Smart Wales as a vehicle to produce and disseminate comprehensive and digestible information on the rights and responsibilities of tenants to help increase their confidence in disputes with landlords.

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