Mayor of London claims Tenant Fees Bill has been ‘watered down’ by government

first_imgThe Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for the Tenant Fees Bill to be tightened up even more and the few remaining fees letting agents can charge tenants under its terms to be banned.The mayor also says the fine agents can be charged for non-compliance should be raised to £30,000, from £5,000 and that that ministers have ‘backtracked’ on promises to cap deposits at four weeks’ rent made during its consultation process.This follows the latest modifications to the bill, which will now cap deposits at six weeks’ rent. Khan also says the bill does not prevent letting agents charging tenants fees via higher rents spread over a whole tenancy rather than up-front.Tenant fees billThe bill will also enable agents to continue charging for basics services such as responding to emergency call-outs “that should be covered by the management fee landlords have already paid”, he says.Khan claims these measures mean the Bill “opens the door to an entirely new culture of exploitation” and has called for the government to amend to the Bill to cap deposits at three weeks and holding deposits at one day’s rent, banning default fees and also increasing the maximum fine for agents who charges illegal fees.“The Tenants Fees Bill has the opportunity to prevent millions of renters in London from being exploited by hidden fees and bad landlords, but unfortunately the current plans do not go far enough,” says Hannah Gretton, Community Organiser at Citizens UK (pictured, left).“Tenants paying such extortionate hidden fees is completely unacceptable. We’re urging the government to scrap potentially exploitative default fees and give Councils the stronger enforcement powers to deter criminal landlords.”Lord Mayor of London Sadiq Khan Tenant Fees Bill August 6, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Mayor of London claims Tenant Fees Bill has been ‘watered down’ by government previous nextAgencies & PeopleMayor of London claims Tenant Fees Bill has been ‘watered down’ by governmentSadiq Khan claims even ‘default’ fees allowed by current Bill should be banned and agent fines increased to £30,000 in all circumstances.Nigel Lewis6th August 20180908 Viewslast_img

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