Tenant Fees Bill pushed through to Committee stage as MPs agree the ban is necessary

The Tenant Fees Bill has been pushed through to the Committee stage following unanimous agreement from MPs that the ban should go ahead at the bill’s second reading in the House of Commons.

The bill will now come before a Public Bill Committee in June, and the Committee will be accepting submissions from interested parties. Any submissions will be considered and possible amendments to the bill can be made.

However, the Committee is urging anyone who would like to have their say on the bill to send in their written submissions as soon as possible.

The second reading of the bill and a follow-up three-hour debate took place in the House of Commons on Monday 21 May 2018.

The debate was opened by James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and the issues of default fees and six-week deposit charges, among other issues surrounding the bill, were discussed.

Voices from the property industry have reiterated the potential for rents to rise once the ban on tenants paying letting agents’ fees comes into force. However, there were very few objections to the bill during the debate, and it will now go before the Public Bill Committee.

The ban on tenants paying letting agent fees is likely to be introduced next spring and will mean that tenants only need to pay a deposit and their rent when securing a private rented sector property.

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