Unlicensed Swansea Landlords Fined
15 Feb 2018 Landlords  

Unlicensed Swansea Landlords Fined

Two Swansea landlords who let and managed properties in the city without a licence have been fined at Cardiff Magistrates Court.


Cardiff Council, the single licensing authority for Rent Smart Wales, successfully prosecuted James Burke of John Street, Swansea and Carolyn Davies of Linkside Drive,

Southgate, Swansea for failing to become licensed, contrary to the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.


Rent Smart Wales was notified by Swansea Council that both landlords were operating illegally despite being reminded of their legal obligations to register themselves and their properties and obtain a licence.


Mr Burke was fined £2,100 and ordered to pay costs of £451 and a £35 victim surcharge.


Mrs Davies pleaded guilty to two offences under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 and was fined

£600, with costs of £528 and a £30 victim surcharge.


Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: “Partnership working is key to the success of Rent Smart Wales and we work closely with local authorities across Wales to enforce the law.


“Local authorities share their knowledge of the private rented sector in their areas with Rent Smart Wales and if they identify unregistered and unlicensed landlords or agents operating there, they will let Rent Smart Wales know.


“By working together with local authorities, we are contributing to the overall improvement of the private rented sector in Wales for both landlords and tenants.”