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Tenant Fees Ban now in force in England: new forms for landlords

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

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.

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.

1 Comment

  • I am actually very disappointed with this as I have been caught out already. Tenants can apply for a property and the landlord now has to pay for the referencing, which the tenant can subsequently fail. This does seem unfair as it is my money they are wasting as well as my time. It was bad enough before when the property could not be listed whislt waiting, now it is not only time (and therefore loss of rent) but money paid for failed referencing that is wasted. It also takes the pressure off the applicant to be sure they will be able to pass the referencing as it costs them nothing.

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