We are committed to doing all we can to prevent homelessness. We made a significant investment of nearly £14 million from 2010 to 2016 for Crisis to develop a programme to help single homeless people access private rented sector accommodation. Over 9,000 people were helped, with over 90% maintaining tenancies for at least 6 months.
There is evidence that letting agents’ fees have increased significantly in recent years, and Citizens’ Advice found that a majority of tenants experienced problems paying these fees.
The Government is keen to see all tenants receiving a good service from their landlord and letting agent. That is why we announced in the Autumn Statement a ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants in England. Tenants will be better able to search around for properties that suit their budget and there will be no hidden costs.
The Government will consult later in the year on the detail of how best to implement a ban. An impact assessment will follow the consultation and the effect of the ban on homeless people will be considered as part of this work.