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Flawed landlord scheme will needlessly penalise

Commenting on the Labour government’s launch of ‘Rent Smart Wales’ – a licensing scheme for landlords – Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Housing, Mark Isherwood AM, said:

 

“Far from ‘smart’, this flawed scheme simply waves a stick at landlords and will needlessly penalise those who do a good job.

“Labour ministers have completely refused to listen to the sector and empower vulnerable tenants.

“It’s extremely important to target bad landlords and root them out – but deterring people who may wish to bring a home back into use through the private rented sector must be avoided.

“Reputable landlord organisations have consistently offered to work with the Labour government to deliver a scheme which will incentivise the supply of quality homes for rent, target bad landlords and give tenants a voice.

“Labour ministers chose to ignore them, avoiding solutions which could’ve made a real difference.”