Government to Scrutinise Letting Fees Ban

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The Communities and Local Government Committee is to start "pre-legislative scrutiny" of the Government's plan to ban letting fees imposed by landlords and letting agents.

The Draft Tenant Fees Bill was published on November 1st and according to the Secretary of State aims to deliver a 'fairer, more competitive, and more affordable lettings market where tenants have greater clarity and control over what they will pay and where the landlord is the primary customer of the letting agent'.

The Committee plans to hold a series of oral evidence sessions in the New Year with experts, tenants, letting agents, landlord associations, and trading standards authorities.

The Committee will scrutinise the policy objectives, key provisions and likely impact of the draft bill. In particular, the sessions will look at:

1. The Government's stated objective is to deliver 'a fairer, more competitive, and more affordable lettings market where tenants have greater clarity and control over what they will pay and where the landlord is the primary customer of the letting agent.' Do the provisions of the draft Bill enable this objective to be achieved?

2. Are the draft Bill's provisions necessary, clear and workable?

3. What are the resource implications for local authorities?

4. What is the likely impact of the legislation on key stakeholders including tenants, letting agents and landlords?

In addition, the Committee is asking for written evidence specifically on aspects of the draft Bill as published which are considered to go beyond the scope of the Government's consultation, which it held earlier in the year.


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