A new licensing scheme currently being considered in Wales could help to improve the quality of rented accommodation in Cardiff.

The South Wales Echo reported that a new consultation exercise is currently underway in the Welsh city. Under the proposals, all rental properties with three or more people living in them would require a licence as part of the Houses in Multiple Occupation scheme.

Councillor Ed Bridges commented that granting the government body additional licensing powers would benefit tenants in the Cathays area, which has a large proportion of shared student housing and may trial the programme.

"A licence would enforce landlords to invest money to improve the safety, security and energy-efficiency of properties,"he said.

However chairman of the Cardiff Landlords' Forum Lee Cecil commented that current regulations are sufficient to deal with irresponsible landlords and suggested that the new scheme may not be necessary.

The Student Loans Company noted earlier this month that with 70,000 university students awaiting financial aid, private landlords may be affected if student tenants cannot afford to pay the rent.

Written by Claire DoyleADNFCR-2002-ID-19471453-ADNFCR

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