Private renters will no longer have to pay letting agent fees as the Tenant Fees Act came into force on 1st June 2019. Citizens Advice has called for a ban on fees for a decade and worked with parliamentarians across the political spectrum to make sure the bill was as watertight as possible. This included closing a ‘default fees’ loophole that could have led to landlords and agents charging fees through the backdoor by adding unfair terms to tenancy agreements.
Citizens Advice also urged legislators to reduce the amount of money required for a deposit from six weeks’ rent to four weeks. The final bill compromised on a deposit worth five weeks’ rent. The ban means renters cannot be charged fees for looking around a property, setting up a tenancy — such as for referencing or credit checks, or for check-out.
Gillian Guy, national chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “The end of these uncompetitive and unfair letting fees is a real win for renters. “The new law means families and other renters don’t have to hand over hundreds of pounds every time they move home. We look forward to working with the government to further strengthen the hand of renters in a market where they have little bargaining power.”
For information and advice, contact Citizens Advice Bassetlaw:
- 03444 111 444 (available Monday to Friday 10.00am — 4.00pm)
- At the drop-in service at the Worksop office – inside The Annexe, Queens Building, Potter Street, Worksop (next to the Savoy Cinema) available: Mondays, 9.30am — 3.00pm, Wednesdays from 9.30am — 3.00pm and Fridays, 9.30am — 1.00pm
- At the drop-in service at the Retford office at – 17b The Square, Retford, available: Tuesdays, 10.00am — 2.00pm and Thursdays, 10.00am — 2.00pm.