It’s been a busy few months in Wales for the private rented sector as organisations scrutinise the new Renting Homes Bill as it goes through the Welsh Assembly’s Communities, Equality and Local Government (CELG) Committee.

Liz Silversmith, coordinating the campaign with Generation Rent and other organisations, gave evidence on behalf of renters who shared their stories with Let Down. You can catch the session with NUS and Welsh Tenants here.

In February, she also spoke at Generation Rent’s brilliant Rent Freedom Day in London on how to set up a renters’ group, telling people that you can gather stories online and keep people informed and involved through the mobilising power of the internet! It was great to see different groups’ approaches and showing people that there is no right or wrong way for renters to be heard.

Along with keeping a close eye on Welsh Government activity, Let Down submitted evidence to the Code of Conduct consultation, which sought views on how the new Code for landlords/letting agents (alongside their new compulsory licensing) should be written. You can read our response here. We also wrote to the CELG Committee after we gave evidence as they asked us to expand on views to enhance the Residential Property Tribunal in Wales.

Coming up in July is Shelter’s People and Homes conference which we hope to be attending. It’ll be good to see what the other groups thinks about the Welsh Government’s latest activity – hope to see you there!

Meanwhile if you have any thoughts on the campaign or just want to get in touch then please contact liz.silversmith@gmail.com. As always, you can send us your letting agent reviews and we’ll soon be gathering information on letting agent fees in Cardiff, although we of course welcome any information from across Wales. Please email Liz on the previous address if you’d like to highlight any good or bad practice you’ve seen with admin fees, renewal fees, or any other kind of compulsory fees you’re subject to as a renter!

 

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