The Tenant Fees Act 2019 prevents residential letting agents and private landlords from charging most upfront fees to prospective tenants in England. Unless a payment is ‘permitted’ it will be prohibited.
The provisions apply to all new assured shorthold tenancies, tenancies of student accommodation and licences to occupy housing in the private rented sector in England created on or after 1 June 2019, and to renewals of existing tenancies (excluding any statutory periodic tenancies that arise after a fixed-term assured shorthold tenancy comes to an end).
Fees may still be payable if the tenancy was entered into before
1 June 2019 where these are required under an existing tenancy agreement. After 1 June 2020, all tenancies will be subject to the Act’s provisions.
The Government has published guidance on the Tenants Fees Act 2019. The key points for tenants are summarised in this article, along with further information on Scotland, Wales and Norther Ireland.
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