The Ban on Letting Agent Fees

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England

On 23 November 2016 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Government would ban letting agent’s fees to tenants in England. We're a member of the Government’s Working Group exploring options to reduce costs for tenants within the sector and the Government did not engage with this group or the wider industry before the announcement.

On 21 June 2017 the draft Tenants’ Fees Bill was announced as part of the Queen’s Speech, only 12 working days after the consultation paper on banning letting fees paid by tenants had closed.

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 Wales

Wales

The Welsh Government have launched a consultation on the fees charged to tenants in the private rented sector. The launch of the consultation comes after the Welsh Government announced on the 27 June that they will take legislative action to prevent ‘unfair’ fees.

The consultation seeks views on the nature and level of fees being charged to tenants. It seeks to determine which fees, if any, are justifiably being charged to tenants. It also seeks information on fees paid by landlords to agents, and also on the possible consequence of banning fees.  

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