Tenant Fees Bill
The Tenant Fees Bill, which will ban most charges set by both landlords and letting agents to tenants is continuing through the Parliamentary process. It now seems likely that it will come into force next year. The ban on tenant fees will apply to all new and renewal assured shorthold tenancy agreements, ASTs, and licences from the date it comes into effect.
Specific provisions are set out for holding deposits, rent, rent deposits and charges for defaulting on the tenancy agreement. All other fees are banned within the Bill.
Where a ‘banned’ fee or payment is taken, the tenant will be able to go through the country court to reclaim it, with the assistance of local trading standards. Substantial fines, starting at £5000 for a first offence, will also be imposed on the landlord or letting agent who received the payment.
The most recent change to the Bill is a cap on the amount of Security Deposit that can be charged at the commencement of tenancy. Significantly, this has now been reduced to the equivalent of 5 weeks rent where the annual income is less than £50,000 per annum, i.e. £961.54 per week. An interesting observation has been made by our professional body:
“Once again politicians are attacking the industry for their own purposes. Tenancy deposits have worked perfectly well for over a decade, and there is no basis in research that these amendments are necessary.”
David Cox, ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive
How Alphabet City can help
Alphabet City will continue to closely monitor the progress of the Tenant Fees Bill through Parliament and endeavour to keep you informed. Tenant Referencing charges, Move in Administration fees and Inventory Check-out costs will be proscribed fees within the new legislative framework. We will be contacting all our Landlords to discuss how this will affect them.
- Tenant Fees Bill
- View the progress of the Bill on the Parliament website Progress
- Latest update on the Tenant Fees Bill