Prime Minister Theresa May said the government will concentrate on creating a letting agents fee ban that ‘actually works’ – however she would not be drawn on a timescale.
During Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, Alex Cunningham MP (Labour, Stockton North) asked about the plan. He told the House:
“My young constituent paid a £300 house-reservation fee to Pattinson estate agents, but the agents will not refund it after their landlord client withdrew from the contract because my constituent refused to pay 12 months’ rent in advance.
“She faces having to pay another agent non-refundable fees of £650 to secure a different property.
“When will the Prime Minister act to put an end to these rip-off fees and stop these agents capitalising on young people and others?”
The Prime Minister directed Mr Cunningham to the Queen’s Speech which, she said, “referred to what we are doing in this area.”
Interrupted by Mr Cunningham asking “when?” she continued:“He will recognise that in this House we need to ensure that we get right any legislation that we introduce, so that it actually works.
“We recognise the problem and we are going to do something about it.”