The Tenant Fees Act came into force in England on Saturday 1st June 2019.
The Act makes it illegal for landlords and agents to charge certain fees, for new tenancy agreements that are signed on or after 1st June 2019.
The fees that landlords can still charge are rent, deposits, holding deposits and charges for defaulting on the contract.
However, all four of these are subject to additional restrictions as part of the new legislation, and landlords and agents will need to be mindful of these changes.
Other fees, such as those relating to inventories, admin charges and gardening services-are banned.
Updated forms for landlords
On Friday the Government published an updated version of the How to Rent guide.
There are also new forms for landlords that reflect the new Tenant Fees Act.
From June 1st 2019 a new prescribed section 21 notice is now required when serving notice in England. Landlords and agents should ensure they are serving the most up to date copy whenever the serve this notice.
As well as this, updated tenancy agreements can be downloaded on the RLA’s website here.