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Wales ban on fees from September

Tuesday 09 April 2019

In a letter to ARLA Propertymark dated 8 April 2019, the Welsh Government have confirmed that they anticipate Royal Assent for the Renting Homes (Wales) (Fees etc.) Bill to be received in May. This means, provided this timetable is kept, the ban on fees will commence on 1 September 2019.

The letter from Julie James AM, the Minister for Housing and Local Government, says that, “Under the Government of Wales Act 2006, the Bill is now proceeding through a period of legal consideration for four weeks before receiving Royal Assent, which means that the Bill becomes an Act. After that, I anticipate that Royal Assent will be received in May.”

The Minister then adds, “During the passage of the Bill, I was clear that I wished to see this important legislation in force as soon as possible. I do, however, understand that landlords and agents need time to adjust their business models in order to comply with the change. My intention, therefore, provided the Bill receives Royal Assent, is to commence the ban on fees on 1 September 2019.”

The Renting Homes (Wales) (Fees etc.) Bill passed Stage 4 of the Assembly’s legislative process on 27 March 2019. The legislation will ban certain payments unless they are allowed under Schedule 1 to the Bill: i.e. rent, a security deposit, a refundable holding deposit (set at a maximum of one week’s rent), “default” payments, and payments for services such as utilities and council tax. All other payments are “prohibited payments”, and therefore banned.

Renting Homes (Wales) (Fees etc.) Bill


Commenting on the Welsh tenant fees ban coming into force on 1 September 2019, David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark said: 

“The tenant fees ban is now an inevitability in Wales, and agents need to start preparing for a post-tenant fees world. The Bill will receive Royal Assent in the coming few weeks, before being passed into law and implemented on 1st September 2019. Over the coming weeks and months, ARLA Propertymark will be launching a Welsh specific Tenant Fees Toolkit, as well as arranging a webinar on the ban and a roadshow for Welsh agents later in the summer, so they fully understand the law before it comes into force.”

ARLA Propertymark and the Welsh Government

ARLA Propertymark has joined up with the Welsh Government to give ARLA Propertymark members a detailed presentation on the Bill. A meeting will take place on 15 April 2019 in Pontypridd. MoreWe will be hosting other sessions on the Bill, so sign up to your next ARLA Propertymark Regional Meeting.