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Tenant Fees Bill passed its third and final reading in Parliament yesterday

Thursday 06 September 2018

Yesterday’s vote on the third reading of the Tenant Fees Bill passed with minor amendments.

The Commons rejected Daniel Kawczynski MP’s amendment for fees to be capped at £300 while also rejecting Labour Shadow Housing Minister Melanie Onn MP’s proposal for Labour to increase fines from £5,000 to £30,000.

ARLA Propertymark’s research was referenced three times in the debate by both Labour and Conservative MPs with Daniel Kawczynski reiterating ARLA Propertymark’s concerns: “There is a fear that the fees will just go on to the rents, which is less transparent.”

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark said:

“We’re disappointed but unsurprised the Tenant Fees Bill has passed the House of Commons. Over the summer, we worked with Daniel Kawczynski MP on his amendment to allow agents to charge up to £300. Although the amendment was unsuccessful, this shows that members involved in ARLA Propertymark’s campaign have helped MPs understand the unintended consequences of the tenant fee ban; with some MPs listening to the legitimate concerns of the industry. As the Bill moves into the House of Lords we will continue working to ensure Parliamentarians understand the impact the ban will have on the whole private rented sector.”