Accreditation for landlords coming soon
The Welsh government will outline plans for compulsory registering of private landlords in a white paper on Monday.
The Labour government, which this week also outlined a national target of building 12,500 new homes by 2016, on Monday will publish a white paper outlining the direction of policy ahead of a housing bill for Wales.
The government will set out plans to improve the private rented sector and will expect landlords to register on an accreditation scheme.
A spokesperson said: ‘The Welsh government has already expressed a desire to improve the quality of homes and management in the sector, as well as improve its image by addressing the poor practices of some landlords, letting agents and managing agents.’
The paper will make it clear that the Welsh government will continue to fund social rented homes, unlike England, which now only provides funding for homes let at higher ‘affordable’ rents.
However, the Welsh government intends to introduce more flexibility into the system and support for other tenures, including intermediate rent.
The government will also outline plans to prevent homelessness.
Welsh housing minister Huw Lewis on Monday announced that 7,500 of the 12,500 homes will be affordable and said 5,000 empty homes would be brought back into use through its houses into homes scheme.
To build the homes the government will use £22 million re-allocated from other government budgets, support the development of a Welsh housing bond and accelerate a public land release programme.