The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 introduces the mandatory registration of landlords in Wales and additionally requires landlords and/or their agents to be licensed in order to undertake lettings or property management activity. The enforcement regime is extremely severe encompassing fines, rent stopping and rent repayment activity. Crucially, the enforcement regime blocks the ability of the landlord or agent to serve section 21 notice if non-compliance is proven. The regulatory requirements of the Act are numerous and landlords with property in Wales are strongly urged to make preparations in the run-up to Autumn 2015 commencement.
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