Ban on letting fees must not leave loopholes for landlords to exploit

The government has introduced draft legislation to ban letting agent fees in a victory for the Liberal Democrats, who called for the change in a Private Members' Bill last year.

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Tom Brake MP commented:

"I very much welcome the ban on lettings fees and the cap on deposits, which Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning for.

"The detail of this legislation must now be looked at closely to ensure that there are no loopholes which unscrupulous letting agents could exploit.

"The ban must include all types of fees so that they can't simply be renamed and still charged to tenants.

"The next steps are to address the instability of renting by introducing longer tenancies and making it easier for renters to get on the property ladder."

Over 400 local residents supported Tom Brake’s campaign to Reform Renting and the Lib Dems Renter’s Rights Bill. More details here: http://www.tombrake.co.uk/rent-fees

Notes

Liberal Democrat Peer Baroness Olly Grender introduced a Renters Rights Bill calling for a ban on letting agent fees last year. More information on the government's Draft Tenant Fees Bill can be found here.

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