Government reveal lettings fee ban unlikely until 2018, as online petition suggests a cap on fees instead

Government reveal lettings fee ban unlikely until 2018, as online petition suggests a cap on fees instead

One of our landlord subscribers has alerted us to this latest development with regards to the proposed lettings fee ban, announced in this months Autumn Statement.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said in his Autumn Statement that a ban on letting agents fees will be introduced as soon as possible. However, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has suggested any ban on charging tenant fees may not be implemented until 2018 at the earliest.

Since a ban requires primary legislation to be passed and with parliament currently clogged with issues surrounding Brexit, the earliest opportunity to take the matter to parliament may well be Autumn 2017.

Speaking at the National Approved Lettings Scheme conference in London Rachael Williamson from the DCLG said: “The ban will need primary legislation, it can’t happen automatically. There is a lot of pressure on parliament with Brexit.“This will most likely be a third session Bill in Autumn 2017.

“It is not in anyone’s interest to see rents rising. The Government is coming from the position of making life easier for tenants.”

Following this news an online petition has now been set up to voice opposition against the proposed ban, suggesting a cap on fees instead.

The petition now has over 1,600 signatures and will run until May 27th 2017. Please find the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/173668

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