Consultation on Banning Letting Agent Fees Paid by Tenants
Views and opinions invited on how measures to ban unfair letting agent fees imposed on renters should be implemented and enforced. The consultation launched by Department for Communities and Local Government (‘DCLG’) closes on 2nd June 2017.
In the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, announced on behalf of HM Government that it would consult on banning letting agent fees payable by tenants, so that there is more competition in the private rental sector. The ban is also intended to give renters more clarity and control over their accommodation costs. The ban also aims to:
- call time on the small minority of agent who exploit their position between tenants and landlords
- end the imposition of unfair charges
- stop agents duplicating charges levied on both tenant and landlord for the same service
The measures proposed will also catch the ‘back door’ levies that any letting agent may try to charge tenants by landlords or other third parties.
Have your Say
You can Respond online
• email to: email@example.com
• post to: Housing Standards Team, Better Rented and Leasehold Sector Division, DCLG, 3rd Floor, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
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