Private Rented Sector

Part of Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:50 pm on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge 1:50 pm, 25th June 2014

That still seems to be a recipe for letting agents wilfully to turn people down on the basis of their credit checks, or to be very difficult in order to make money. That is the problem I have with that proposal. Letting fees should be limited and capped, but I am happy to talk further to the hon. Lady about that. I expect that 15 seconds is not quite long enough to resolve the disagreement on that.

We should get rid of letting fees. Studies in Scotland by Shelter which have been mentioned found that the increases in rent that one might expect did not take place.

Transparency, to which the Government are committed, is welcome. I support that. There is such an imbalance in power between the tenant and the landlord—