From: Tenant Fees Bill [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 15 December 2017 17:44
To: ‘FPRA’ <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: The draft Tenant Fees Bill sets out the government’s approach to banning letting fees paid by tenants
Thank you for your email.
On 1 November, the Government published a draft Bill, proposing a ban on letting agent fees for tenants. The draft Bill proposes to ban landlords and their agents from requiring tenants in the private rented sector to make any payments, as a condition of granting, renewing or continuing a tenancy (or as a condition of making the arrangements for those things), with the exception of: the rent; a refundable tenancy deposit capped at no more than six weeks’ rent; a refundable holding deposit capped at no more than one week’s rent; and tenant default fees (such as replacing a lost key or late rent payment fine).
The proposals in the draft Tenant Fees Bill apply to Assured Shorthold tenancies and do not apply to long leases. Please see Clause 20 in the draft Bill and explanatory notes, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-tenants-fees-bill
We do not yet have a date for when a ban on fees will come into force and letting agents are still able to charge fees until the legislation is implemented. Publishing a bill in draft enables scrutiny of our proposals to ban letting fees by Parliament and stakeholders ahead of introducing legislation. This will help to mitigate any unintended negative consequences and ensure the best possible implementation. The scrutiny of the draft Bill will take a few months. The Government will then seek to introduce the Bill formally to Parliament at the earliest opportunity. The Bill will need to be debated in both houses before implementation. We will do this as soon as parliamentary time allows.
Tenant Fees Bill Team
From: FPRA [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 11 December 2017 18:03
To: Tenant Fees Bill
Subject: The draft Tenant Fees Bill sets out the government’s approach to banning letting fees paid by tenants
Many thanks for your email.
We are the national body that represents the interests of long leaseholders since 1971 in England and Wales which we do via their Resident Associations, Resident Management Companies, Right to Manage Companies and similar groups.
The issues you raise whilst of interest to our members’ we are unable to respond to due to our limited resources as a non-profit organisation and because we are involved in so many other requests from Government for assistance.
We would however, ask that in your deliberations you give careful consideration to how these issues will impact upon blocks of flats and estates that are managed collectively and where they are governed by legislation in the leasehold sector.
Additional information can be found on our website.
If there is a particular point that you would like to discuss with us, please email us again and we will endeavour to assist you.