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Select Committee to scrutinise fee ban legislation

Thursday 23 November 2017

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee has announced that it will conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government’s proposals to ban tenant fees imposed by landlords and letting agents on tenants in England.

The Committee plans to hold a series of oral evidence sessions in the New Year with experts, tenant, letting agent and landlord associations, and trading standards authorities. These sessions will be held in tandem with the sessions for the Committee's existing inquiry into the Private Rented Sector.

During the oral evidence sessions the Committee will scrutinise the policy objectives, key provisions and likely impact of the Draft Bill. This will include assessing:

  • Do the provisions of the Draft Bill enable the Government's stated objective to be achieved? (The Government's stated objective is to deliver 'a fairer, more competitive, and more affordable lettings market where tenants have greater clarity and control over what they will pay and where the landlord is the primary customer of the letting agent.')
  • Are the Draft Bill's provisions necessary, clear and workable?
  • What are the resource implications for local authorities?
  • What is the likely impact of the legislation on key stakeholders including tenants, letting agents and landlords?

Written submissions
Prior to the publication of the Draft Bill the Government held a public consultation on the proposals. The Committee will take into account the response to that consultation as part of its pre-legislative scrutiny. However, written evidence is invited specifically on aspects of the Draft Bill as published which are considered to go beyond the scope of the Government's consultation.

Submissions need to be received by 14 December and should address the bullet points identified above. ARLA Propertymark will be making a submission and will share this with members shortly. To make your views known to us please email our policy team.

We urge members to make individual responses to this highly important inquiry specifically on aspects of the Draft Bill which go beyond the scope of the Government's consultation.

MAKE A WRITTEN SUBMISSION

It remains essential that all letting agents get into dialogue with their individual MP. While this committee are scrutinising the Draft Bill, all MPs will be getting to grips with the legislation and taking a position on it.

Please ensure that your MP has a clear understanding of the facts, according to evidence-based research. You will find all of the tools that you need in the ARLA Propertymark toolkit.

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