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Tenant Fees Ban comes into force from 1 June 2019

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Today the government announced that the Tenant Fees Bill will come into force in England on 1 June 2019. Following today’s Third Reading in the House of Lords, the Bill is likely to receive Royal Assent in the coming weeks.

Speaking to the Lords, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth said:

“We need to enable agents and landlords following Royal Assent to become compliant, but we intend for the provisions to come into force on June 1st 2019.

“This would mean the ban on lettings fees would apply to all tenancies signed after this date.”

The sector has been waiting for legislative certainty and agents now need to ensure that they are fully up to speed and taking steps to implement changes.

Two minor and technical amendments were tabled by the Government, which both passed.

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on the passing of the Tenant Fees Bill in the House of Lords: “With the Tenant Fees Bill completing its passage through the House of Lords this afternoon, it appears the Tenant Fees ban will come into force on 1st June 2019; subject to parliamentary scrutiny in the House of Commons. This now gives agents the legal certainty they need to prepare for a post tenant fees ban world. To learn about the intricacies of the legislation, we encourage agents to come to our Regional Meetings over the next few weeks and of course our annual Conference, where ARLA Propertymark will be doing everything it can to help agents plan and prepare for the introduction of the Bill.”

Tenant Fees Ban Sessions

If you have not yet done so, please ensure you have booked a place on your next ARLA Propertymark regional meeting where ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive David Cox or Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer, Timothy Douglas, will be running Tenant Fees Ban sessions.

Find your next regional meeting

Further information, advice and assistance resources clarifying areas of uncertainty will be available as Government guidance is finalised.