[INFOGRAPHIC] When Is the Tenant Fee Ban? (And Why Hasn’t it Happened Yet?)

[Update: The Draft Tenant Fee Ban has been published! Check it out here.]

A ban on letting fees was announced back in 2016, so why isn’t it in place yet?

It’s been going on for so long that the department responsible has even changed names – and the new MHCLG (formerly the DCLG) has said that the ban on letting agent fees to tenants won’t happen until after spring 2019.

Although it was announced in November 2016, a lot has happened since then to cast doubt on the policy:

  • The Government that announced the ban has lost its majority
  • The housing minister lost his seat
  • the policy consultation was cut short
  • the MP who seems to have been entrusted with championing the debate is also the chairman and co-founder of Hunters Letting Agents
  • The housing minister changed again

Meanwhile, every day that the Government delays the ban on letting fees, renters across the UK are paying £100,000s in letting agent fees.

Our infographic timeline explains all…

are tenant fees banned from letting agents and when will the tenant fee ban come into force?

3 Replies to “[INFOGRAPHIC] When Is the Tenant Fee Ban? (And Why Hasn’t it Happened Yet?)”

  1. perhaps the reason being. if the tennant stops paying the fees. then the letting agent will bill the landlord for the fees, as there are many politicians who are landlords. they dont want to pay . it all boils down to greed,

  2. How can we get the government to pick this up and prioritise it again!? I’m definitely going to contact my local MP and I would encourage others to do the same. You can find your local MP here: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

    My partner and I will be looking for a new place to rent in London later this year after our landlord has decided to sell the property. I was hoping we wouldn’t have to pay any more hefty admin fees to a letting agent just for the pleasure of giving them business but it appears we might be forced to do so and feel very let down by the government on this! Glad to discover Open Rent and hopefully will find a place to rent via your agency service, but if this is not possible, I’m definitely going to haggle the fee with any other agent and would advise other people to do the same. If enough people refuse to pay their admin fees, it could possibly force a change in their attitude without the need for legislation.

    The argument that letting agents will just charge landlords more and rents will go up is just ‘male cow manure’. It’s a blatant double charge purely driven by the simple fact they can get away with it. In an open and competitive market, if a letting agent tried to put up landlord fees then the landlord will take his/her business elsewhere. If the majority of agents clubbed together to put landlord fees up across the board, at least the landlord has the option to rent it privately or start their own letting company if they own enough property. However unlikely, if enough landlords did this, it would force agents to reform their business models. Unfortunately tenents don’t have this luxury as everyone needs a place to live or go homeless! But more people should not just accept the status quo and fight the systematic profiteering by simply negotiating/haggling on all their fees and charges. My approach to negotiation is to have fun doing it. Don’t be afraid to do so and remember if you don’t ask, you don’t get – good luck all.

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