Rent Smart Wales is the new body that administers the requirements for landlord registration and agent and landlord licensing under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. It is interesting to see this case, the first of its type. I suspect there will be many more to come. If you are a landlord for a property in Wales please be aware that the enforcement powers are now active. This means that failure to comply with the legislation is an offence. Double check that you are complying with the new Rent Smart regulations.
A property owner from Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding private landlords in Wales must be licensed. Robert Ivor Grovell pleaded guilty to breaking the new regulations, introduced in November 2016. He also admitted operating a dangerous multiple occupancy house. Grovell, from Llanfrechfa, Cwmbran was fined £4,400 by Newport magistrates and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.