Wales set to introduce licences for private landlords

Cardiff assembly to vote on proposed reforms that would mean only accredited homeowners could let their properties.

Private landlords would have to obtain a licence before letting out homes under reforms being proposed by the Welsh government.

The Labour-controlled government claims an accreditation scheme would help protect the growing number of private tenants from poor or exploitative landlords. Other proposals that are being put forward in a white paper, published on Monday, include schemes to build more new homes and make sure empty properties are filled.

The Welsh housing minister, Huw Lewis, said: “This is about much more than putting a roof over someone’s head. Housing issues affects people’s health and wellbeing and their ability to find and keep a job.

“For children, it is the foundation for the rest of their lives. Housing is fundamental to delivering many of our goals as a progressive government.”

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