Is the Cardiff House Share an Endangered Species?

The Cardiff house share is in great danger due to a number to changes to taxation and legislation to the Private Rented Sector (PRS) across the UK in 2016 with Wales leading the way with the roll out of Rent Smart Wales www.rentsmart.gov.wales a national landlord and letting agent register which came into force on 23rd November 2016.

As well as the introduction of Rent Smart Wales the Welsh Assembly Government have also introduced further legislation around the creation of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) or more commonly known as house shares. Prior to 25th February 2016 in Wales the C3 planning use classification applied to all dwelling houses up to and including six tenants but on the 25th February 2016 Wales introduced a C4 planning use classification of HMO: “tenanted living occupation by 3 to 6 people, who are not related and who share one or more basic amenities, as their only or main residence.”

Why is C4 HMO Use Class Such a Problem?

In England, it’s not.  It has long been accepted that permitted development rights ensured a property owner would automatically have planning permission granted by the General Development Order where an existing single family dwelling (C3) is used as a small HMO (within class C4) or vice versa.  However, all properties in Wales with 3 to 6 (unrelated) tenants now require a change of use application to be made, at the recently increased planning fee of £380 and there is NO GUARANTEE OF APPROVAL for your house share in Cardiff or else where is Wales.

Cardiff Council’s Approach to House of Multiple Occupation (HMO)

From a landlord and property investor perspective it looks as if Cardiff Council is going all out to stop the creation of additional house shares within the city.  Cardiff Council is to try to control the total concentration of house shares in each area by denying landlords in those areas planning permission to move between HMO classes if the concentration for that area has already been met, and the property falls within 50m radius of the designated area.  The threshold for the ward’s of Cathays and Plasnewyedd is 20 percent and in all other wards 10 percent.

Here is a link to Cardiff Council’s HMO Supplementary Planning Guidance: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Planning/Planning-Policy/Supplementary-Planning-Guidance/Documents/HMO%20SPG%20Consultation%20Draft%20April.pdf

So as can been seen from housing legislation that has been introduced by the UK Government , Welsh Assembly Government and Cardiff Council there is going to be a decrease in the overall number of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) being created in Cardiff even though the number of people looking to house share in Cardiff is ever increasing as they search for high quality affordable accommodation.

Rooms in Cardiff Guide to Reducing Bills in HMO & Multi Lets

As multi let property owners, landlords and HMO managers for clients in Cardiff and across South Wales we are continually striving to reduce waste and utility bills while reducing our carbon foot print, so we have decided to share some of the practices we employ to reduce our gas and electricity bills and will be providing a number of useful guides.

We have Rooms in Cardiff spread across a number of houses in the city predominately let as professional house shares.  Our young professional target market expect their monthly rent to be inclusive of utility bills, broadband, council tax and water rates, but do forgot to turn the lights off from time to time.

 Our solution

We have fitted Passive Infrared (PIR) Sensors in communal areas such as hallways and landings.  A PIR sensor or PID (Passive Infrared Detector) is essentially a motion sensor which are fitted to the ceiling and used to control automatically activated lighting systems eliminating the need for light switches.

Benefits of PIR Sensors

PIR sensors offer a modern and stylish alternative to the traditional light switch and cannot be tampered with unlike Pneumatic Time Delay Switches which can be kept in the “on” position using tape or “wedging” with various materials such as matches and card.

The better quality PIR Sensors also offer the user a variety of settings such as length of time the lights remain turned on, range of detection as well as light sensitivity enabling an automatic lighting system that is environmentally friendly and will save money from the first day it is installed.

PIR Sensors are easy for a qualified electrician to install and cost varies from about £12.00 to £30.00 per sensor.

Choosing a PIR Sensor

I would recommend opting for a higher end of the price range PIR Sensor as they offer greater flexibility when configuring your automatic lighting system.  We initially opted for a lower priced sensor and found them to be over sensitive to light and actually kept coming on during daylight hours as well as being sensitive to changes in air pressure.  We found that the opening and closing of fire doors and the associated air movement actually set off our lower priced PIR sensors.

 Positioning of PIR Sensor

Be aware when positioning your PIR Sensors, if the area they are fixed receives very little natural light this result in the sensor behaving as if it were night and once again your sensor will trigger the lights to turn on during daylight hours.

PIR sensors are a modern way to providing lighting in communal areas of a HMO or multi let property while cutting electricity bills and our carbon footprint.  After trialling them in one of our Cardiff professional house shares we intend to use them in existing and newly purchased properties.

If you have any questions relating to using PIR sensors or anything elase HMO and Multi Let related feel free to contact us via email info@roomsincardiff.co.uk

House Sharing A Tenants Guide

House Sharing is becoming more popular across all demographics of the UK population, from fresh graduates who have just planted their foot on the first rung of the career ladder, under 35’s who are being forced to house share due to changes to housing benefits or more mature members of society who are no longer able to afford to live on their own.  Demand for house sharing is only going to increase as our islands population continues to grow and place an extra strain on our limited housing stock.

House Sharing main benefits are it is a great way to meet people if you are new to an area. House sharing offers a social life as well as place to live (we recommend multi let properties with a communal area) and financially it makes sense as bills are either included in the monthly rent (easier to budget each month) or split between all tenants.

Where to find a House Share

There a huge number of online mediums to find a house to share, sites include:

www.spareroom.co.uk

www.uk.easyroommate.com

www.gumtree.com

www.housepals.co.uk

www.roombuddies.com

www.kangaroom.co.uk

There are also sites geared toward specific geographic locations in the UK, such as:

www.intolondon.com

www.housesharewales.co.uk

As well as sites offering specific ethnic, gender and other preferences:

www.indianroommates.in

www.gayflatshare.net

So whatever you’re chosen location there will be a site and house share to suit your specific needs.

House Sharing: Arranging a Viewing

It is very important to view the property before committing to enter into a house sharing agreement.  When viewing a property it is now law that you are shown a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).  An EPC contains information about a property’s energy use and energy costs and provides recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money.  An EPC provides an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

Even if bills are included in the monthly rent and EPC will provide a snap shot at the overall condition of the property as often a more energy efficient house will have a modern boiler and double glazed windows which will be of benefit in the winter.

Other certificates to look out for are a Gas Safety certificate (renewed annually) and Electric Certificate (Valid for 10 years) and HMO License (mandatory if the property is 3 or more storey and houses 5 or more people) any House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) you visit should have a notice board containing the landlords contact details, house rules and certificates on display.  This is a good indication the Landlord understands and takes their responsibility to tenants seriously.

 What is the ideal number of Housemate

When embarking on your house sharing journey it is important to meet your potential housemate and decide upon which house share best suits your needs. Although there is no absolute “best” number of housemate when house sharing it is good to avoid two or three together as two housemates can create an intensely inwardly-focused and dependent situation, and falling out or pairing off in other relationships often happens.

Three same sex housemates can lead to accusations of favouritism or ‘ganging up’ against one housemate.  House sharing with four, five and even six mixed-sex housemates often promotes an environment that is high on flexibility and offers non-intense rapport that helps avoid dangerous arguments and fallings-out.

Obviously when house sharing with five or six housemates amenities need to be taken into account and I would recommend looking for a house share with more than one shower room and a separate WC or a house share that offers ensuite facilities.

Questions to ask potential housemates

What time do you get up in the morning?

What time do you go to bed?

Do you smoke?

How often and how would you clean a toilet?

What is the price of a large sliced loaf/jar of coffee?

What experience have you had of working in a team?

 House Sharing Legals

You’ve found the perfect house share; you spoken with the landlord and housemates, now the fun begins.  As previously mentioned you should have already seen a copy of the EPC during your viewing as well as the Gas safety Certificate.  Other factors to consider are a bond.  If the landlord or agent offers an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) and requires a bond legally they are required to protect your bond within one of the following tenancy deposit protection (TDP) schemes:

Your bond must be protected in one of the above within 30 days of receiving the bond payment and  the landlord or agent must provide you with a Prescribed Information Certificate containing the Terms and Conditions of the chosen TDP scheme.

More information about TDP Scheme can be found on the Government Gov.uk site:

https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit-protection/overview

AST or License

If you are house sharing with a live in landlord chances are you will be provided in a License rather than an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) as a form of housing contract.  Please be aware a housing license offers less protection from eviction than an AST.

If your chosen house share doesn’t have a live in landlord and you do not have a main UK residence other than your new house share the landlord or agent has no option other than provide you with an AST whether it be a written or verbal contract.

The charity shelter provides a wealth of information relating to AST and Licenses her:

http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/renting_and_leasehold/renting_agreements

Rooms in Cardiff in a specialist provider of HMO and multi let services to landlords and property investors in Cardiff and throughout South Wales.

We are also a source of information for those interested in house sharing and a great place to come if you are looking for a housemate or Rooms to Rent in Cardiff  and across South Wales.

Cardiff Professional House Share, Llanishen Street CF14 Bills & WiFi Included

Cardiff Professional House Share in Llanishen Street. Modern kopen plan kitchen/living area

 

Rooms in Cardiff is pleased to offer this a modern Professional House Share, located on LLanishen Street, CF14. This professional house share  was fully refurbished in 2013 and comprises of 2 large double rooms with en-suite bathrooms and 4 double rooms.

 

housemates can take advantage of modern open plan kitchen/living area with French doors opening onto the garden, wall mounted LCD TV, dishwasher, double height fridge and separate freezer and a separate utility room containing a washer/dryer.

This Cardiff professional house share has had complete rewire, with each room on its own individual electrical circuit, hard wired internet and high speed fibre optic Wi-Fi throughout the house

This Cardiff House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) was been refurbished to a very high standard and rooms will not be available for long.  All rooms include double beds, large triple wardrobe, hard wired internet, TV point, locks on doors and mains wired smoke alarms.

Property Reference: 19LSCF140307

  • Room 1
  • Newly Decorated
  • New bed. mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • Double ensuite room to rent Cardiff (Own Shower, Wash Basin & WC)
  • located on the ground floor at the front of the property
  • Available Now
  • Rent £550 pcm 
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi & hard wired internet & cleaner
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard-wired internet
  • 360 Degree Room Tour & Photos coming soon
  • Room 3

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  • Double Room (THIS IS NOT AN ENSUITE ROOM)
  • located on the 1st floor of the property in the annex overlooking the garden
  • SORRY THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Rent £430 per calendar month
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi & hard wired internet
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet

  • Room 4
  • Double Room (THIS IS NOT AN ENSUITE ROOM)
  • located on the 1st floor at the rear of the property
  • Sorry but this room is taken
  • Rent £440 pcm
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet
  • Room 4 360 Degree Tour

 

  • Room 5
  • Double Room (THIS IS NOT AN ENSUITE ROOM)
  • located on the 1st floor at the front of the property
  • Sorry but this room is taken
  • Rent £420
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet
  • Room 5 360 Degree Tour

  • Room 6
  • Double Room (THIS IS NOT AN ENSUITE ROOM)
  • located on the 1st floor at the front of the property
  • SORRY THIS ROOM HAS BEEN TAKEN
  • Rent from £425 per calendar month  
  • Rent includes all bills, Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, chest of draws, TV aerial & hard wired internet
  • 360 Degree Room Tour: Room 6

  • Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/ULy7i
  • Number Rooms: 6
  • Shower/Bathrooms: 4
  • WCs: 4
  • 2 ensuite rooms to rent in Cardiff
  • Tenants: Professional
  • Male Tenants: 1
  • Female Tenants: 3
  • Parking: Yes, off street
  • Garden: Yes
  • Bike storage: Yes
  • Bills Included: Yes

What’s Local?

  • Got Beef
  • Society Standard
  • Sainsbury’s Local
  • COOP
  • Tesco Local
  • Tesco Extra
  • North Star Pub
  • The Heath Pub
  • Roath Park
  • Numerous bars, restaurants & takeaways

 Transport Links

  • Close to A48, A470 & M4
  • 15-20 minute walk to Cardiff City Centre
  • Numerous buses in to Cardiff City Centre via Whitchurch Road & North Road

 Local Employers

  • University Hospital Wales (UHW)
  • Companies House
  • BBC Llandaff
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (LLandaff)
  • Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Cardiff University
  • Welsh Governmen

Housemates

  • 3 Female & 2 Male
  • Ages Mid 20s-30s

Occupations

  • Radiology
  • Hospitality
  • Civil Servant
  • Finance
  • Law

To arrange a viewing please complete the contact form below to receive a call from one of our team.

Rooms to Rent in Cardiff for Professionals, Australia Road, CF14 Bills & WiFi Included

Rooms to rent in Cardiff for professionals on Australia Road, Cardiff, CF14 3DB.  This Cardiff professional house share

Bike Shed

has recently undergone a major refurbishment and has the windows replaced throughout with modern uPVC as well as being decorated throughout.

This house is ready to move into with 5 double rooms to rent in Cardiff and 1 single room and boasts a fully paved garden with washing line and rotary line, modern kitchen including 2 fridge freezers, washer/dryer, dishwasher 2 shower rooms and WCs.

Showerroom

All rooms have been professionally decorated with new carpets and are furnished with bed, mattress, wardrobe and chest of draws and super-fast fibre optic broadband.

If you are looking to rent a room in Cardiff with plenty of local amenities and fantastic transport links into the city centre, then this Cardiff professional house share should not be missed!

Kitchen 1

Modern Kitchen

Property Highlights

  • ***No Bond to Pay Subject to Satisfactory References***
  • ***New uPVC windows throughout***
  • ***New Carpets & Flooring***
  • ***Newly Decorated***
  • ***Regular Cleaner Included***
  • ***Super-Fast Fibre Optic Broadband***
  • ***Walk to UHW***
  • ***15-20 Minute Walk to City Centre***
  • ***Great Transport Links***
  • ***Slabbed Garden***
  • ***Large Secure Bike Shed***

Property Reference: 6ARCF141407

  • Room 1
  • Large Double Room (largest room in the house)
  • Located on the ground floor looking onto the garden
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • No Bond to Pay Subject to Satisfactory References
  • Rent includes all bills & Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
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  • Room 2
  • Monthly Rent from £450 per calendar month
  • Large Double Room
  • Located on the ground floor at the front of the house
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • 360 Degree Tour: Room 2
  • Room 3
  • Double Room
  • Located on the 1st floor in the rear annex of the property
  • SORRY THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Rent £420 per calendar month after the initial 6-month term
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws & desk
  • 360 Degree Room Tour: Room 3
  • Room 4
  • Double Room
  • Located on the 1st Floor at the rear of the property over looking the garden
  • Available from 16/09/2019
  • Normal Rent £450 per calendar month after the initial 6-month term
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • 360 Degree Tour: Room 4
  • Room 5
  • Large double room
  • SORRY BUT THIS ROOM IS TAKEN
  • Monthly Rent from £475 per calendar month
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes 4′ bed, mattress, wardrobe & chest of draws
  • Located on the 1st floor at the front of the property
  • 360 Degree Tour: Room 5
  • Room 6
  • Single Room
  • Located on the 1st floor at the front of the house
  • Monthly Rent from £345 per calendar month
  • No Bond to Pay Subject to Satisfactory References
  • Rent includes all bills and Wi-Fi
  • Room includes single bed, mattress, large wardrobe & chest of draws
  • 360 Degree Tour: Single Room
  • Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/BJYSv
  • Number Rooms: 6
  • Rooms Available: 2
  • Room Type: 1 Single & 5 Doubles
  • Shower/Bathrooms: 2
  • WCs: 2
  • Tenants: 3 male & 1 female
  • Parking: Yes, on street parking
  • Garden: Yes
  • Bills Included: Yes
  • Cleaner: Yes, for communal areas

What’s Local?

 Transport Links

  • Close to A48, A470 & M4
  • 15-20 minute walk to Cardiff City Centre
  • Numerous buses in to Cardiff City Centre via Whitchurch Road & North Road

 Local Employers

  • University Hospital Wales (UHW)
  • Companies House
  • BBC Llandaff
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (LLandaff)
  • Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Cardiff University
  • Welsh Government

To arrange a viewing please complete the Tenant Registration form below.

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Cardiff House Share, North Road, CF14 Bills & WiFi Included

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Rooms to Rent in Cardiff Bills Included

Rooms in Cardiff has a double room available in a Cardiff house share on North Road, CF14 3BJ.  This House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) was refurbished in June 2012 and has a large kitchen including 2 fridge freezers, dish washer and washer/dryer, 2 shower rooms and 2 separate WC’s.

Rooms consists of a king-size bed, triple wardrobe, chest of draws and arm chair. If you are looking for space this property will not disappoint!

Property Reference: 168NRCF141407

  • SORRY ALL ROOMS HAVE BEEN TAKEN
  • DSS, LHA  & Housing Benefit Accepted
  • Monthly Rent includes all bills & WiFi
  • Tenants only pay electric usage for individual rooms
  • Bond or Bond Certificate
  • Rooms Available: 1
  • Room Type: Double
  • Shower/Bathrooms: 2
  • WCs: 2
  • Parking: Yes
  • Garden: Yes

What’s Local?

  • Sainsbury’s Local
  • COOP
  • Tesco Local
  • Tesco Extra
  • North Star Pub
  • The Heath Pub
  • Roath park
  • Numerous restaurants & takeaways

 Transport Links

  • Close to A48, A470 & M4
  • 15-20 minute walk to Cardiff City Centre
  • Numerous buses in to Cardiff City Centre via Whitchurch Road & North Road

 Local Employers

  • University Hospital Wales (UHW)
  • Companies House
  • BBC Llandaff
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (LLandaff)
  • Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Cardiff University
  • Welsh Government

To arrange a viewing please complete the Tenant Registration from below.

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North Road, Cardiff, outside view

HMO plans for Bangor slammed by the council

More council HMO bashing is taking place in Bangor, North Wales as a health authority plan to turn to two large buildings in Bangor into houses of multiple occupation (HMO) have been slammed by councillors.

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has submitted applications to change Bodfaen, on Craig y Don Road, into a seven-bedroom house of multiple occupancy (HMO), and 26 College Road into an eight-bedroom house of multiple occupation (HMO).

The plans were discussed at a meeting of Bangor City Council’s planning and amenities committee last week and councillors immediately dismissed them as “disgraceful” and claimed developments such as this were turning Bangor into “a ghetto”.

The city council has been very clear on its policy on HMOs with many recommended for refusal due to reasons such as over-development of the sites.

Cllr June Marshall said: “Plans for a HMO in Garth were refused and we need to be careful because we don’t want entire streets which are HMOs.

“I am very happy to propose this application is refused.”

Cllr John Wynn Jones said: “There is an effect on society if there are too many HMOs.

“It is very irresponsible (of the health board) – I think it’s disgraceful.

“I think we should write to them and ask them what their intentions are.”

Cllr Derek Hainge, chairman of the committee, asked councillors about writing to the health board and ask them if they are turning the city “into a ghetto”.

Cllr Keith Marshall said: “They should turn it (Bodfaen) into a family house and then put it on the market.

Town clerk Gwyn Hughes said he was concerned over parking amenities for the two sites and also stated his continued concerns over the amount of HMO applications the council was receiving.

Councillors voted unanimously to recommend rejection for the two applications which will now go before Gwynedd Council’s planning committee.

A spokesman for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: “We can confirm that Change of Use applications have been submitted to Gwynedd County Council Planning Service for two properties which are to be vacated shortly due to the transfer of staff to other health board sites in Bangor.

“The Health Board will respond to any material objections raised as part of the normal planning process; our understanding from Gwynedd County Council is that no objections have been received by them to-date.”

Rooms in Cardiff is a provider of landlord services across Cardiff and South Wales specialising in multi let property, Student housing, professional house share and house of multiple occupancy (HMO) and offer the following services:

Rooms to Rent in Cardiff  £120 Fixed Fee Tenant Finder (No Tenant No Fee)

Property Listing page to advertise your available rooms on Spareroom, EasyRoomMate, Gumtree and Zoopla until let for one Fixed Price.

HMO Rent Guarantee No Void Periods & No Fees

You can contact Rooms in Cardiff via email info@RoomsInCardiff.co.uk

Telephone 0845 496 0000

or by completing the form below to arrange a call from one of our team.

Are UK House Prices set for a 15% fall?

At Rooms in Cardiff we aim to provide landlords, home owners and property investor’s detailed analysis of the property market in Cardiff, Wales and across the UK.

There has been a wealth of housing data released all hinting at which direction UK house prices are going over the next 12 months, but at Rooms in Cardiff we have been doing our own online research and wanted to share this with our readers.

 Net Mortgage Lending Growth

The Bank of England (BoE) provides monthly data on UK net mortgage lending growth (NMLG). Historically this has proved a handy guide to house prices.

September 2012 saw UK NMLG remain at 1.1%. That compares with annual growth of 1.9% two years ago, 5.7% in December 2008 and 11.1% in February 2007. Meanwhile, the October Nationwide UK house price index was down by 0.9% year-on-year.

What does this mean for UK house prices?

As you can see from the above graph, this long-term collapse in NMLG suggests UK house prices are standing at the cliff face. If they follow net lending trends, residential property values could slump by over 15%.

Rooms in Cardiff is a provider of landlord services across Cardiff and South Wales specialising in multi let property, Student housing, professional house share and house of multiple occupancy (HMO) and offer the following services:

Rooms to Rent in Cardiff  £120 Fixed Fee Tenant Finder (No Tenant No Fee)

Property Listing page to advertise your available rooms on Spareroom, EasyRoomMate, Gumtree and Zoopla until let for one Fixed Price.

HMO Rent Guarantee No Void Periods & No Fees

You can contact Rooms in Cardiff via email info@RoomsInCardiff.co.uk

Telephone 0845 496 0000

or by completing the form below to arrange a call from one of our team.

The Court Process of Possessing a Property

We thought the following flow chart and information relating to the process of gaining legal possession of a property may be of use to all the landlords out there.  The flow chart and information is taken from the Ministry of Justice.

To obtain a court order granting the entitlement to take possession of a  property, a claimant – a mortgage lender or a landlord – must first make a claim which is then issued by a county court. Generally, the issuing process involves the arrangement of an initial hearing before a judge. At such a hearing, a judge may:

  • · grant an order for outright possession of the property at a date decided by the judge;
  • · grant a suspended order for possession of the property; or,
  • · grant no order for possession (e.g. after deciding the claimant has no legal right to take possession of the property).

The suspended order for possession of the property usually requires the defendant to pay the latest mortgage or rent instalment, plus some of the arrears that have built up, within a certain defined period. As long as the defendant complies with the terms of the suspension, the possession order cannot be enforced.

More than one order may be granted during the course of an individual case. For example, it is possible that after an initial possession order is granted, the defendant may make an application to the court for the order to be varied or set aside, which could then result in another order being made.

A granted order entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted by bailiffs, so taking possession of the property. Only then does repossession occur. Actual repossession figures (including voluntary repossessions such as where the mortgagee or tenant hands back the keys) are only available for mortgages and are compiled by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

Throughout the court process, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the claimant and defendant can still negotiate a compromise arrangement to prevent eviction.

A flow chart showing the court process of possessing a property for landlords and mortgage lenders

Rooms in Cardiff is a provider of landlord services across Cardiff and South Wales specialising in multi let property, Student housing, professional house share and house of multiple occupancy (HMO) and offer the following services:

Rooms to Rent in Cardiff  £120 Fixed Fee Tenant Finder (No Tenant No Fee)

Property Listing page to advertise your available rooms on Spareroom, EasyRoomMate, Gumtree and Zoopla until let for one Fixed Price.

HMO Rent Guarantee No Void Periods & No Fees

You can contact Rooms in Cardiff via email info@RoomsInCardiff.co.uk

Telephone 0845 496 0000

or by completing the form below to arrange a call from one of our team.

Swansea HMO a battleground for Students & Council

Swansea HMO have become the latest battleground for Students and the City’s council

Swansea Student representatives and Swansea council are involved a row over houses of multiple occupation (HMO) a house of multiple occupancy is a dwelling which is occupied by three or more unrelated individuals.

Swansea Councillors like some many councils across England and Wales want powers to control planning over HMOs in the city saying some areas have too many and that residents want their streets back but Swansea University students’ union say Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) provide affordable student accommodation which is vital in times of economic uncertainty and rising university fees and they fear that new powers could result in fewer affordable housing options.

Welfare officer Charlotte Britton said: “A lot of HMOs are student houses, and are some of the most affordable housing in the private rented sector.

“This makes them very popular for a lot of young people and those on low incomes in cities across the UK.

“These caps on HMOs have already been introduced in some university cities in England, due to certain lobby groups who think that stopping HMOs will solve problems such as incorrect waste disposal, poor housing standards and anti-social behaviour.

“So far, there is no proof that these caps have made any significant improvement in any of these areas.

“Swansea students’ union also shares the same view as NUS Wales, that encouraging people within their community to engage with each other and work together to solve community tensions is much more effective than using badly thought-through planning laws.”

Swansea’s Labour-led council said in its election manifesto that tackling what it called an “overconcentration” of HMOs which “blights” many parts of the city would be a major priority.

Brynmill and Uplands are areas where many students live in shared homes.

And earlier this month first minister Carwyn Jones said capping would be “the last thing” the Welsh government would do.

But John Bayliss, councillor for Uplands says the issue is not about placing a cap on the number of HMOs.

“We want to control them, we don’t necessarily want to cap them,” he said.

“The densification in my ward is the main issue. We have a problem where 80% of a certain street is HMO and the remaining 20% don’t feel there’s a community.”

Mr Bayliss said having planning control would allow the council to make sure HMOs could be placed in suitable locations.

He added that it would give them the power to force landlords to improve property standards or take their licence away.

The councillor also pointed out that there were about 1,400 HMOs in his ward and the neighbouring Castle ward.

As many of them were rented by students, he said no council tax was paid but money still needed to be found to provide services in those areas like rubbish collections.

“I think the student body have their own interest and they exclude the needs of the local community,” Mr Bayliss added.

“The statement from the welfare officer of the Swansea students’ union is unfortunate. I see their argument but it’s only one part of an argument.”

Councillors are due to meet housing minister Huw Lewis at a later date.

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