Meaning of “letting agent” and related expressions

Tenant Fees Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 12 June 2018.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

With this it will be convenient to discuss clause 26 stand part.

Photo of Rishi Sunak Rishi Sunak Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Clauses 25 and 26 are reasonably straightforward definitional clauses. Clause 25 defines “letting agent” as

“a person who engages in letting agency work” and goes on to define such work as

“things done by a person in the course of a business in response to instructions received from…a landlord…or…a tenant…seeking” to let or rent a property. The definition of a letting agent excludes a person who carries out letting agency work under their employment contract, as we would not want to capture such people under the Bill. It also excludes legal professionals who are under instruction in a similar capacity.

Clause 26 defines various expressions used in the Bill. For example, as we discussed in our first sitting, it defines “tenancy” as

“an assured shorthold tenancy…a tenancy which meets the conditions” regarding letting to students, or “a licence to occupy”. I commend the clauses to the Committee.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 25 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 26 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 27