Brake: Ban on tenant fees 'just the beginning'

Speaking ahead of the second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake, said:

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"Tenant fees are often unreasonable, lack transparency and make the cost of moving house extortionate. It is shameful that insecurity in the rental sector has trapped people between spiralling rental costs and unreasonable letting fees.

"This Bill is a victory for the Liberal Democrats and for the fight for renters’ rights. Time and again we have called on the Government to ban letting fees for tenants, cap on upfront deposits and clamp down on rogue landlords.

"The ban on tenant fees is therefore good progress, but it is just the beginning. Liberal Democrats are now calling for government-backed loans to help people afford a tenancy deposit, and tighter regulation in the private rented sector to stop rogue landlords."

Notes

Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Olly Grender introduced a Renters Rights Bill calling for a ban on letting agent fees that was passed in 2016. More information here.

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