Letting Agents: Fees and Charges

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2016, what progress his Department has made on implementing a ban on tenants' fees.

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

The ban on letting agent fees to tenants was first announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement. An eight week public consultation ran from April to June 2017, which informed the provisions of the Tenant Fees Bill to ban letting fees paid by tenants. We published the Bill in draft on 1 November and it was scrutinised by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee. The Committee made a number of recommendations to refine the Bill on 29 March.

The Tenant Fees Bill was introduced to Parliament in the House of Commons on 2 May 2018, received its Second Reading on 21 May with unanimous support, and passed through Committee stage on 12 June. Report and Third Reading are scheduled for 5 September 2018 and the Bill will then move to the House of Lords. However, Parliamentary timetables are subject to change.

We are committed to bringing the ban on letting fees as soon as possible but implementation is subject to Parliamentary timetables. We do not expect the ban to be in force before spring 2019.

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