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Forum Spotlight: Tenant Fee Ban

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

A landlord posted on our Forum recently with a question about the upcoming Tenant Fees Act in England.

The landlord was clear that he could not charge fees to applicants after 1st 2019, when the legislation comes into force. However, they wanted to understand what the position is when advertising now. The property will be let in mid-June, but the work in assessing applicants was likely to be done before the end of May.

The landlord wanted to know if he could still charge the normal fees.

Response from our Forum

Our Landlord Advice Team were able to help this member with their query.

They reiterated what the Government guidance says on this; that the tenant fee ban in England will apply to new or renewal tenancies which are signed up to, on or after 1st June 2019.

An agreement can be entered into at this time, to begin after the ban and in this case the landlord can charge fees up until the 1st June 2020, where on or after this date, the ban will apply retrospectively to all tenancies.

Read what landlords and letting agents need to know about the Tenant Fees Act in England here.

You can read the original Forum post here.


About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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