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KEYWORD "Welsh Government" - 100 RESULTS
Is a change of government Starmergeddon for Britain’s landlords? 

I’m not especially political and certainly carry no candle for one flavour or another. I might argue that they’re all pretty...

10 February 2024

From: Legislation & Compliance

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme introduced in part of UK

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent boss in new attack on landlords

The chief executive of the Generation Rent ginger group has called on his former employer to make a case against landlords,...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Private landlords leasing to council now faced with new deal

A council in Wales is making changes to the system it uses to encourage private landlords to lease their properties to...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Don’t Even Think About It!   NRLA warns Wales off rent controls

The National Residential Landlords Association is warning the Welsh government to steer clear of rent controls. In its response to the Welsh...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Anti-landlord policy will slash house values by 5% admits council

A local authority is reported to have said that a controversial new policy will reduce house values by five per cent. Gwynedd...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls would force a third of landlords to quit Buy To Let

Over a third of private landlords would sell properties if rent controls were introduced in their area, according to a trade...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Anti-lets council policy will slash property values, says top agent

A leading agent in an area set to be hit by draconian planning restrictions on holiday lets is warning that the...

14 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb regulation hugely unpopular - government consultation results

An attempt to introducing statutory licensing for Airbnbs and some other tourist accommodation has got a frosty reception. The Welsh Government -...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove wants to extend measures in Renters Reform Bill - BBC report

The BBC says discussions are underway to extend the Renters Reform Bill to specifically outlaw any rental listing banning families and benefit recipients...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord Tax Review - housing minister backs industry demand

The Welsh Minister with responsibility for housing, Julie James, has supported the need to review the way the private rented sector...

21 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control Failures - case studies wanted to prove the point

Landlords are being asked for any evidence or case studies that can help build a case against rent controls. The National Residential...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

First-ever bid to make holiday lets subject to planning consent

A council is launching a bid to make the use of a home for a holiday let subject to a mandatory...

16 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Angry reaction to latest rent controls suggestion

The National Residential Landlords Association has reacted angrily to the latest UK government to flirt with adopting the Scottish example of...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Pilot study into Airbnb and second homes effect on communities

An area has been identified for a two-year study of the impact which second homes, Airbnbs, other holiday lets and empty...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Free landlord training ahead of critical May 31 deadline

A lettings agency chief is operating a course to help landlords meet new requirements imposed by the Welsh Government. Landlords in Wales...

12 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Clarity over changes of tenancies to ‘converted contracts’

The Welsh Government has published draft legislation that changes the terms of converted contracts and any renewals that replace them, closing...

03 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Surprise as government backs cash help for landlords to meet EPC targets

One of the UK governments has backed a call for private landlords to get cash help to meet new Minimum Energy...

28 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Eco-tax breaks for green landlords under consideration - Propertymark

Lettings agents’ body Propertymark says its proposal for tax incentives to be offered for landlords is one measure under consideration by...

08 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians want tax incentives for landlords to boost energy efficiency

The Welsh Government should consider tax incentives to support improvements to the energy efficiency of private rented housing, according to a...

02 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Licensing should be in “priority areas only” say agents

Licensing for Airbnbs and similar short lets should be targeted in priority areas only and not the subject of blanket rules. That’s...

21 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Council “pleased” with landlord interest at leasing their properties

A council at the heart of a controversial scheme claims to be “pleased” with the interest shown by private landlords. Leasing Scheme...

06 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Tens of millions to restore empty homes - but not for private landlords

A £50m scheme to bring more empty homes back to life in Wales - but private land are excluded from applying. The...

02 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Council wants to lease private rental properties for 20 years

A council is attempting to woo landlords to lease their properties for up to 20 years in return for a guaranteed...

17 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Up to £25,000 for landlords to improve homes and let via council

A new initiative offering private landlords £5,000 to £25,000 to let their properties through a council has been given the go...

09 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Could Starmer’s local devolution mean rent controls?

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has set out a radical programme of devolution to local authorities at city and county level...

06 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Do more to help landlords in tourist hotspots, politicians urged

The agents’ trade body Propertymark says it wants the Welsh Government to do more to support landlords letting in tourist hotspots. The...

23 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Consultation opens on holiday let changes

The Welsh Government has opened a three month consultation on changes in regulations for holiday let landlords. The Welsh Government - a...

22 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Gove may make planning consent compulsory for holiday lets

The government is considering making home owners apply for planning consent if they wish to use a property for holiday lets. The...

02 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Politician hails “transformation” of private rental sector

What has been billed as the bigger change ever to housing law in Wales comes into force today and is described...

01 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ views completely ignored as notice periods extended

A formal consultation that saw an overwhelming number of responses opposed to extend notice periods to six months has been ignored...

14 November 2022

From: Breaking News

What Landlords Must Know Ahead of ‘The Big Change’

After several months of delays, on December 1 the Renting Homes (Wales) Act - what the Welsh Government is calling the "biggest...

12 November 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Dramatic law changes for landlords to be subject of webinar

The National Residential Landlords Association is staging a webinar next month to bring members up to date with dramatic legal changes...

24 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Threat to second homes will damage private rental supply - claim

A prominent supporter of landlords has accused Labour and nationalist politicians of making the supply shortage of private rental properties in...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings think-tank slams government over rental reform proposals

A team of experts has released a report that responds to government reform plans - and it insists that if Section...

29 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Too many Airbnbs? Councils should control numbers, say activists

Housing campaigners want the government  to give English councils planning power to refuse Airbnbs Action on Short-Term Lets, a campaign group, has...

20 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Bureaucrats not ready yet for rental reform, insists landlord boss

The National Residential Landlords Association has made a blistering attack on a “big bureaucratic and unaccountable beast” at the heart of...

31 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Electrical risk to tenants because of rental reform delays

Renters are being placed at unnecessary risk due to a delay in reforms that would allegedly give them greater protection, it’s...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour war on holiday lets - UK-wide licensing scheme proposed

Labour wants to bring in a UK-wide licensing system for holiday lets to preserve the “spirit” of costal and rural communities. The...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Threat to Holiday Lets - three investigations under way

Three projects are underway investigating how a tourist tax, including a levy on holiday let renters, could apply in Wales. The three...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Government clampdown on Airbnbs, holiday lets and second homes

Councils will be able to control numbers of second homes and holiday lets under new plans unveiled by the Welsh Government. There...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Anti-holiday let rules are like a Stalinist regime - claim

A tourism chief has likened new anti-holiday let regulations to those of a Stalinist dictatorship. Ashford Price, secretary of the Welsh Association...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive red tape of new rental laws revealed in guidelines

The Welsh Government, which recently pushed back its so-called rental revolution until December, has nonetheless published extensive new guidelines about the...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Anger as politicians accused of caving in to landlords

There has been an angry response by some politicians in Wales to the decision by the Labour administration to delay implementation...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Expert stands up for holiday lets after attacks on second homes

An insurance chief with expertise in the holiday lets sector has stood up for owners who let their properties to holidaymakers...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

We Told You So!  Landlords React to Labour’s latest reform delay

Landlords have welcomed the latest delays to radical rental reforms which were due to be implemented next month. Ben Beadle, chief executive...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reforms delayed for six months

There’s embarrassment all round for the Labour-run Welsh Government as it reveals a late delay to its much-hyped rental reform. The reform...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Hot Stuff! Renters experiment with wallpaper that heats homes

No it’s not an April Fool - some tenants in Wales are experimenting with an alternative to radiators and heat pumps....

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Architect of rental reform set to address landlord webinar

The architect of one of the largest rental reform initiatives in the UK is set to address landlords at a webinar...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

National scheme wants landlords to lease homes to councils

Details have been released of a scheme seeking to encourage private landlords to lease their properties to local councils. The scheme in...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Teach-in for landlords ahead of revolutionary rental law change

A lettings agency is to hold free events to support landlords ahead of what it calls a “landmark transformation” in rental...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Virtual forum to brief landlords ahead of major changes

Landlords are being invited to attend an online meeting with local authority and Welsh Government officers to learn about changes in...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords try to head off rent controls plans by politicians

The National Residential Landlords Association is trying to head off the growing clamour for rent controls by setting out its own...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive tax hike and stiffer rules for holiday lets in one part of UK

The Welsh Government has announced an increase to the maximum level of council tax premiums for second homes, as well as...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want controls on rents, house prices, planning consents

A protest by Welsh nationalists has called for a new Property Act to be passed by the Welsh Parliament, which would...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

I want to make buy to let less financially attractive, admits politician

A prominent Welsh politician says rent controls should be introduced across that country to “make landlordism less financially attractive.” The Welsh nationalist...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Awareness campaign for landlords as law change approaches

A national awareness campaign has been launched to prepare landlords for the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 on...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New landlord contracts with tenants explained by government

The Welsh Government has set out how the housing law in that country is set to change significantly from July 15...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Extended notice period is ‘another body blow to landlords’

The National Residential Landlords Association has described a six months notice period for tenants as “yet another body blow to landlords.” Over...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid to get landlords to long-term lease properties to councils

The Welsh Government has announced a £30m pot from which councils can pay for easing properties from private landlords. Under the Welsh Government’s...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bravo for second home-owners - senior politician speaks up for sector

A leading politician in Wales has spoken out in favour of second homeowners, who are under increasing scrutiny in that country...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets backlash - protest claims local being priced out

The protest movement against second homes in Wales appears to be gathering pace. The BBC reports that over 150 campaigners have gathered...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction notice ruling “another blow to landlords” - claim

The Welsh government has again extended the notice period which landlords must give tenants - it’s at least six months. The Coronavirus...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets set to face extra financial penalties in one part of UK

Landlords in the holiday let market in Wales look almost certain to face hefty new barriers under proposals being considered by...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords back £10m for tenants with Covid-related arrears

The National Residential Landlords Association is backing the introduction of a £10m grant fund for tenants with Covid-related  arrears. The fund, announced...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash help to get empty homes back to habitable condition

A grant scheme helping buyers to get empty properties back into use has been relaunched in part of Wales. The Valleys Taskforce...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Extended Notice period will last until end of September, politicians rule

The Welsh Government says the mandatory six month notice period which landlords must give their tenants will now last until the...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam government for failing all sides of rental sector

The pandemic-related debts of tenants and landlords should be top of the in tray of the new housing minister in Wales. That’s...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction ban extension has NO extreme arrears opt-out

Wales has extended its eviction ban from March 31 until the end of June - but it is more severe than...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit out at government ‘failing to get a grip on arrears’

The main landlords’ trade body has made a blistering attack on the government of one of the UK nations, asking it...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another political party wants eviction ban extended

Another political party has joined the chorus of voices calling for still-longer bans on evictions in the private rental sector. The ban...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Six months notice mandatory for many evictions from 2022 in Wales

New simplified rental contracts are to be introduced from spring 2022 in Wales with minimum notice periods for evictions extended from...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords wanted for scheme with improvement grants and loans

A council has launched a pilot scheme involving private landlords willing to lease their properties to the authority for five years. Cardiff...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental quango slated as expensive, bureaucratic, unaccountable

The Rent Smart Wales quango, now five years old, has been sharply criticised by the National Residential Landlords Association.  A report commissioned...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Anger at shock rise in stamp duty on buy to lets and holiday homes

There’s been a howl of disgust from the UK’s major landlord group following the Welsh Government’s shock increase in stamp duty. Landlord...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: Another part of UK falls in line with England

Wales is the latest part of the UK to follow the example of England and suspend evictions  until January 11 as...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

 Lockdown rules published - list of landlords’ Covid-safe responsibilities

The Welsh Government has set out how its two week ‘fire break’ lockdown will impact the rental industry, including landlords' responsibilities in...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Additional home buyers should require planning consent - claim

Buyers of second or holiday homes in Snowdonia National Park should require planning permission to purchase. That’s the view of the park's...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Second homes under attack from locals hit by high house prices

Local people in a part of Wales claim they are being priced out of their communities by investment buyers and second home...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords need support too during coronavirus crisis, says Tory politician

Renters across Wales received greater protection this week after the Welsh government extended the six month notice for evictions, which was...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government urged to deliver a scheme ‘to support tenants and landlords in England’

The UK is in a recession for the first time in 11 years, and there are some suggestions unemployment could hit...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

LRU to hold a day of action demanding eviction ban extension

The London Renters Union (RLU) will hold a day of action next week demanding that the government acts to protect renters,...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant loan scheme welcomed by the NRLA

A number of buy-to-let landlords are having to prepare for a potential spike in rent arrears after the latest data revealed...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Six month notice for repossessions is a ‘hammer blow to landlords in Wales’

The Welsh government’s decision to force landlords to give tenants six months’ notice when repossessing their homes has not been well...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Under-estimation of Wales’ population set to lead to ‘increased housing need’

An error in the processing of cross-border flows between Wales and England has resulted in the under-estimation of Wales’ net population...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Following last week's announcement by the Welsh government that it plans to introduce new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning, here are a...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning

An assembly member has welcomed the introduction of legislation for carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes in Wales. The Welsh Government says new...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

NLA welcomes increase in funding for housing in new Welsh government budget

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has welcomed the Welsh government's plans to increase spending on housing in their draft budget for...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales urged to beware change in the law ‘with little notice’

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents in Wales will have to start supplying a list of information to tenants before taking a...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban comes into force in Wales

It is now illegal for tenants to be charged by landlords or letting agents in Wales in order to set up or...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales comes into play this weekend

On Sunday 1st September 2019, the Renting Homes (fees etc) (Wales) Act will come into force in Wales. The Act means that...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Welsh tenant fee ban comes into force this weekend

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, banning landlords and letting agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh government launches new guide on the Welsh tenant fee ban

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, banning landlords and agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into effect...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Minimum 12-month contracts set to be introduced in Wales by default

New rules could effectively see the introduction of 12-month minimum tenancy contracts as standard in Wales. Welsh housing minister Julie James AM...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords could be offered incentives to house tenants receiving benefits

The Welsh government is planning to introduce new incentives and other support to help encourage more landlords with properties in Wales...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes will lead to an increase in costs for landlords – claim

The Welsh Assembly is being urged to reconsider the bill to ban tenants’ fees in Wales due to concerns that that...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

Landlords and letting agents could soon be banned from charging fees to private tenants in Wales under plans for a new...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Welsh government to clampdown on ‘sex for rent’ landlords

Buy-to-let landlords in Wales who offer free accommodation in return for sex could lose their operating licences, according to plans being...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost 3,800 landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales needs full compliance to raise standards in the PRS

First introduced in November 2015, The Welsh government’s Rent Smart Wales (RSW) scheme was designed to drive up standards in the...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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