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Letting Agents: Fees and Charges

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 68414, tabled on 2 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to (a) restrict the ability of lettings agents to charge administrative fees to tenants and (b) sanction the (i) improper, (ii) excessive and (iii) arbitrary levying of those fees.

Answered on

9 July 2020

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 was approved by Parliament with cross-party support and came into force on 1 June 2019.

The Tenant Fees Act bans unfair letting fees and caps tenancy deposits paid by tenants in the private rented sector in England. From 1 June 2020 the Act applies to all assured shorthold tenancies.

Answered by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government