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Tenant Fees Act 2019 – Transition period comes to an end

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The Tenant Fees Act 2019 provided for a 12-month transition period for tenancies which started before June 2019 and ends on 31 May 2020, meaning any tenancy clauses in existing contracts that charge fees will become unenforceable after this date. Read More...

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Tenant Fees Bill update

Thursday 24 January 2019

Following its passage in the House of Lords last week, the Tenant Fees Bill passed its final hurdle in Parliament.

The tenant fees ban is now an inevitability, and agents working in England need to continue with their preparations for a post-tenant fees world.

The Bill will receive Royal Assent in the coming weeks, before being passed into law and implemented on 1 June as the Tenant Fees Act 2019.

Commenting on the legislation, Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP said:

“I know these changes may concern some in the lettings market, but agents who offer good value and high-quality services to landlords, will continue to be in demand and plan an important role in the sector.”

Regional Meetings

If you’ve not done so already, make sure you sign up to your next ARLA Propertymark Regional Meeting where we’ll be hosting sessions on the tenant fees ban.

ARLA Propertymark National Conference

Our annual Conference will be taking place on 2 April at London ExCel, there will be various talks from experts on the ban and what it means for your business. Early bird tickets are now available, and the full agenda can be viewed here

Regulatory Policy Committee report

The Regulatory Policy Committee have also published their opinion on MHCLG’s final stage impact assessment for the Tenants Fees Bill. They say that the Bill is fit for purpose, but call for improvements on the rationale it puts forward for a cap on deposits.