MPs conducted a vote on the role of letting agent fees has initiated lively debate throughout the private rented sector. Social media streams have been flooded with organisations agreeing with the RLA that tenants could suffer.
The RLA argued that “Labour’s plan will increase the cost of rents”. The plan included abolishing costs of marketing, contract preparation, and credit checking between agent and tenant could be passed onto tenants from landlords trying to recoup losses.
Apparently the RLA wasn’t the only group to think so and the debate ranges far and wide across the internet.
Insidehousing: RLA accuses Labour proposals of ‘increasing rent’ for tenants.
Comments on the InsideHousing website are always passionate and far ranging. From the simplistic to the well informed, InsideHousing carries a lot of weight when discussing the housing sector. We encourage you to read on and comment.
24dash.com: “Letting agent fee ban will increase rent costs”.
- 24dash.com takes on news from a variety of sources and acknowledges Alan Ward’s comments on the proposals Labour have put forward that MPs have voted on.
Property Industry Eye: “Shelter said that rents will rise if fees are banned”
- Property Industry Eye tackles all manner of PRS related news and has a good working relationship with the RLA. Homeless charity Shelter are generally dismissive of RLA claims so it is a coup that they would agree with assertions that letting agent proposals could end up costing tenants.
Finally government has a press release “Fees transparency to ensure a fair deal for landlords and tenants”.
Be sure to keep track of social media where the RLA and PRS need more people to speak up!