CHANGES IN TENANT FEES – 1 JUNE 2019

CHANGES IN TENANT FEES 1 JUNE 2019

The new law applies to private tenants with an assured shorthold tenancy, if you’re in student housing, or you're a lodger with a live-in landlord.

From the 1st June 2019 you can no longer be billed for:

  • Referencing
  • Credit and immigration checks
  • Administration fees
  • Renewing your contract

The only legal Tenant fees that you can be billed for are:

  • Replacing a Lost Key
  • Late Rent-only applied if the rent is 14 days late
  • Changing your Tenancy (ending it early or replacing a tenant)

You can also still have money taken from your deposit for damage.
Put simply…don’t break stuff!

However, the bad news is that if you’re already in a tenancy, the ban on fees won’t apply until you sign a new contract (boo).

Deposits have changed too; security deposits have been reduced to five weeks in most cases and holding deposits are capped at no more than one week’s rent.

If your letting agent tries to charge you for fees they shouldn’t after the 1st June 2019 you can report them to Trading Standards and lodge a complaint with the Citizen’s Advice.

You can find more information on The Tenant Fees Act here.

 

 


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