The Government has announced that the Tenant Fees Bill will come into force in England on 1st June 2019. Following the Third Reading in the House of Lords, the Bill is likely to receive Royal Assent in the coming weeks. Speaking to the Lords, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth said: “We need to enable agents and landlords following Royal Assent to become compliant, but we intend for the provisions to come into force on 1st June 2019. This would mean the ban on lettings fees would apply to all tenancies signed after this date.”
David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark comments: “With the Tenant Fees Bill completing its passage through the House of Lords this afternoon, it appears the Tenant Fees ban will come into force on 1st June 2019; subject to parliamentary scrutiny in the House of Commons. This now gives agents the legal certainty they need to prepare for a post tenant fees ban world”.
Some examples of banned fees are: Charging for a Guarantor Agreement; Credit Checks; Inventories; Cleaning Services; Referencing: Professional Cleaning; Administration Charges: Having the property de-flead as a condition of allowing pets and Gardening Services.