Letting fee ban ‘must be in all manifestos’

Campaigners have urged parties to put banning letting agent fees in their manifestos.

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Pressure must be kept up on banning letting agent fees, say campaigners.

Generation Rent and others have been calling for an end to the fees and were given hope when chancellor Philip Hammond announced in last year’s Autumn Statement that the government would aim to ban them.

Since then, DCLG have launched a consultation on the ban, which housing minister Gavin Barwell has said will ensure fairness in the market for tenants.

He said: “Tenants should only be required to pay their rent alongside a refundable deposit and not face hidden fees.”

There was concern that with the announcement of the general election, the fees ban would be halted or shelved.

But Javid said in an evidence session to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee that the consultation would still run regardless and then be picked up by the next government and ministerial team.

Critics of the ban have said that fees will be passed on to tenants.

Dan Wilson Craw, director of Generation Rent, said: “It is a relief that the consultation is going ahead – any delay would mean more renters facing bills of hundreds of pounds when they move home.

“All the main parties at Westminster are now behind a ban on letting fees, so we expect the next government will announce the legislation.

“However, the parties need to be absolutely clear to voters and include the ban on letting fees in their manifestos.”

The consultation is still running and you can get involved by clicking here.

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