Rent Smart Wales Enforcement has begun, whilst there has been little or no information of any enforcement by Rent Smart Wales has issued 12 Fixed Penalty Notices to non-compliant landlords.
Robert Ivor Grovell from Tram Lane, Llanfrechfa, Cwmbran – A landlord has been hit with a court bill of £5,570 for operating an unlicensed HMO and breaching Rent Smart Wales licensing requirements.
Mr Grovell was fined £4,400 by Newport magistrates and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and a £170 victim surcharge.
Newport Council prosecuted the property owner following a property inspection in which he was found to be operating a dangerous HMO.
Although registered with Rent Smart Wales, magistrates were told he had not applied for a license and he pleaded guilty for violating Welsh national licensing requirements
Bethan Jones, Operational Manager of Rent Smart Wales at Cardiff Council, has said: “This case is a real milestone for Rent Smart Wales, being the first prosecution of a non-compliant landlord.
“This prosecution sends a strong message to other non-compliant landlords who continue to flout the law and those who haven’t complied should come forward now to avoid action against them”
Before any Rent Smart Wales Enforcement officers contact you for non compliance, register today with them.
Landlords may also face rent stopping orders, rent repayment orders, and the loss of Section 21 rights for not complying.