Barry landlord is first agent in Wales to be found guilty of managing properties without a licence
An unlicensed Barry landlord has been fined more than £1,000 after being found guilty at Cardiff Magistrates Court.
A legislation that introduced the landlord registration process and the requirement for landlords and agents, who let and manage rental properties in Wales to be licensed, came into force on the 23 November 2015.
The legislation made provision for those who needed to comply to do so within a
Self-managing landlord Damian Cross of Rhodfa’r Gwagenni, Barry was found guilty of failing to become licensed for letting and management activities for a property at Beaconsfield, Romilly Road, Barry.
Mr Cross had registered the property but not applied for a licence. He failed to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice for his non-compliance, or submit a licence application or appoint an agent.
He was fined £660 for two offences under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, and ordered to pay court costs of £543 and a £33 victim surcharge.
Cllr Hunter Jarvie, Vale of Glamorgan Council Deputy Leader and Member of the Shared Regulatory Services Joint Committee, said: “It has been over a year since the deadline for all landlords with properties in Wales to become registered, and it is not acceptable that there are landlords and agents who still try to work around this law.
“There is no excuse for a commercial agent not to be registered and licensed, and the recent prosecution of an unlicensed Barry landlord, is proof that we are taking action. I encourage any landlords who use a commercial agent to check they are Rent Smart Wales compliant.”