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Tenant Fees Bill continues it's progress through Parliament

Tuesday 22 May 2018

On Monday, 21 May 2018, the Tenant Fees Bill had its Second Reading in the House of Commons.

The Second Reading was the first opportunity for Members of Parliament to debate the principles of the Tenant Fees Bill.

The Bill was completely unopposed by MPs at the reading, meaning that the Bill proceeds to the next stage of the process - the Public Bill Committee stage - where the Bill is considered line-by-line and changes to the wording or new clauses can be added. 

David Cox said:

“There is clearly overwhelming support in Parliament for the ban, however tonight’s debate makes clear MPs do not understand what is meant by default fees and the implications of reducing tenancy deposits. As the Bill goes to committee stage it is more important than ever that agents go and see their MPs to make the case for why these fees remain vital even after the ban comes into force.”

What now?

The Committee is now inviting written evidence from letting agents and other stakeholders ahead of further oral evidence sessions.

ARLA Propertymark will be making a written submission and we encourage members to also contribute, even if this means resubmitting information you have previously sent. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.

The Committee will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage, this is planned to be 5pm on Tuesday 12 June 2018. However earlier responses are vital as the Committee is likely to conclude earlier, meaning that the opportunity for submissions will also close earlier.

Please use the ARLA Propertymark campaign tool kit to support your submission and ensure that the Committee understand the consequences of the Bill in its current form.

Submissions should be sent to the Public Bill Committee with the subject line 'Tenant Fees Bill'.

ARLA Propertymark has also been invited to give oral evidence and David Cox, Chief Executive will speak for members at 9am on 5 June.

This will then be followed by a third reading in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

We will be following the Bill's progress closely and will provide members with further updates.