"Allowing councils to keep money from fines is helpful, but may not address the cost of the proactive work necessary to ensure letting agents are complying with the ban."
- We welcome the Tenant Fees Bill and we are pleased that the Bill has received cross-party support. The Government’s intention to make private rented accommodation more accessible is positive. Excessive letting agent fees are a concern for many tenants and councils.
- Councils will have responsibility for enforcing the ban in their areas, and require additional resources to do so. We are pleased that the Government has listened to our calls and recognised the need for up-front funding, by committing £500,000 for the first year.
- The Government intends councils’ enforcement work to be funded through fines recouped after the first year. Allowing councils to keep money from fines is helpful, but may not address the cost of the proactive work necessary to ensure letting agents are complying with the ban.
- Councils will require clear and timely guidance from the Government in order to enforce the ban effectively. Local authorities want to bring about consistency in enforcement across the country. There should also be a national information campaign to make tenants and landlords aware of the new rules.
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Tenant Fees Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords, 11 December 2018