We wrote to all AMs last weekend, sending them this Letter to the Minister for Housing and a plea to every AM of every party to support us. Mark Isherwood and Peter Black replied to us quickly and we had several positive comments from Labour AMs. But unfortunately, the Housing Minister has still not listened.

Dear ***

I’m writing to ask if you’d please read our report ‘Letting Agents: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ about how tenants are affected by the private rented sector in Cardiff. Let Down in Wales (letdownincardiff.wordpress.com) is a campaign group set up in 2013 as an off-shoot of the UK Let Down coalition of private renters’ groups that started off in London (http://letdown.org.uk). All groups are campaigning for better conditions for renters, based on the unique priorities and problems in their own areas.Let Down in Wales is currently focused on campaigning for better letting agent regulation in the Housing Bill; and for better information to be made available to tenants; and for rights for tenants in settling disputes. We have been compiling renters stories for this report to show you the problems that need fixing for renters every day, which cannot be easily fixed without a mechanism that gives tenants get a fair say in the conditions they have to rent in.

The Housing Bill is a fantastic opportunity to reform the sector to be fair for landlords, letting agents and, most importantly, tenants.

Please show your support for tenants and Let Down in Wales and consider proposing a Housing Ombudsman (like England) or a Housing Tribunal (like Scotland) for the Bill to give Welsh tenants a fair deal.

If you would like more information then please do reply directly to this email address to find out more about the campaign. We also currently have a petition going through the Petitions Committee (http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=8693) which is grouped with one from Aberystwyth’s Students’ Union asking for poor private sector student housing to be addressed (http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=6519). The Minister replied and our response to him is also attached to this email.

Many thanks for your time,

Liz Smith
Coordinator – Let Down in Wales