In the Autumn Statement 2016, the Government set out its plan to ban tenant fees in England. The proposal will have a negative impact on tenants, landlords and agents and runs contrary to the government’s stated aim of encouraging longer term tenancies.
ARLA Propertymark believes that tenants should meet the costs incurred during referencing checks. Referencing checks, including mandatory Right to Rent checks which are required by law, are essential in supporting tenants to commit to rent at a sustainable level and avoid taking on financial burdens they cannot meet.
On 7 April 2017 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) released the consultation which states:
The consultation accepts that there are exemptions that should continue to be met by the tenant. These are:
Responses to the consultation need to be in by 2 June 2017.
We are leading the campaign to ensure that the Government focuses legislation to ban fees more effectively to meet the objectives of a better deal for tenants and higher living standards in the private rented sector.
Agents need to get involved, have a dialogue with their constituency MP as well as making an individual response to the consultation. MPs should not make decisions about the future of property management without knowing all of the facts.
KEY: Please feed back the response that you receive from your MP to us. This will ensure that we can monitor and map engagement with legislators and follow-up with supportive MPs in Westminster. Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org
Use this template to write to your MP
An epostcard to send to your MP
A proposed meeting agenda, key points and FAQs to support your conversations with MPs
Briefing paper summarising the key arguments for you to give to your MP when you meet them
Analysis conducted by Capital Economics assessing the impact of the letting fees ban
We are collating members’ views and responding to the consultation collectively on behalf of members. If you have not yet shared your views with us please send them to email@example.com.
The sector needs to respond in numbers to be heard in this process. Please send your individual responses either via the online survey or complete a response form and email it to DCLG's letting agents team.
Read the consultation paper
We are stronger when we come together as a single industry voice and we hope you can support us in our campaign. If you have any questions that relate to our campaign, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.