Government action to ban letting agent fees
18 Apr 2017 Agents   General   Landlords  

Government action to ban letting agent fees

What's happening in England...

New measures to provide a fairer deal for renters by banning unfair letting agent fees and encouraging greater competition in the rental sector have been set out by the government. Read more here

New rules will help crackdown on rogue landlords that flout the rules and improve safety and affordability for renters. Councils are now able to impose fines of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for a range of housing offences. They will be able to retain all of the income to make sure it is used for private sector housing enforcement purposes. Rent repayment orders, which can be issued to penalise landlords managing or letting unlicensed properties, have also been extended to cover a wider range of situations. These include the illegal evictions or harassment of the occupiers of a property, using violence to secure entry and the breach of a banning order. Read more here: