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Ban on unfair fees charged by letting agents

News / Sat 1st Jun 2019 pm30 01:06pm

A BAN on “unfair” fees charged by lettings agents to tenants in England has started, two-and-a-half years after the plan was first announced.

It means tenants will no longer face fees for services including viewings, credit checks, references and setting up a tenancy.

Citizens Advice claims people renting privately in England have collectively been paying £13m a month in these fees.

Landlords say rents could rise and choice fall as a result of the ban.

The ban in England was first announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in November 2016, when the government said it would become law “as soon as possible”. The detail of the new rules have been fiercely debated by all sides ever since.

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“The new law means families and other renters don’t have to hand over hundreds of pounds every time they move home,” said Gillian Guy, chief executive at Citizens Advice.

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1 Comment for Ban on unfair fees charged by letting agents:

jarrett
2019-06-01 15:44:45

Those renters who have signed a tenancy agreement before 1 June will have to honour any fees previously agreed upon until 31 May 2020. After that date, fees covered by the Act do not need to be paid even if included in the tenant's existing agreement.

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