Tagged: fees

No plans to extend letting agent fees ban to England

No plans to extend letting agent fees ban to England

Housing minister, Brandon Lewis, has confirmed that the government has no plans to extend a ban on letting agency fees to England. Although fees are already banned in Scotland, the government has stated that...




Trading Standards adopting ‘lighter touch’ approach to new lettings agent law

Trading Standards adopting ‘lighter touch’ approach to new lettings agent law

Two weeks have now passed since the introduction of new laws that require letting agents in England to display details of all fees and charges on their websites and prominently in their offices. Failure...




Tenants hit by rent increases

Tenants hit by rent increases

Research by Ocean Finance found that 60% of tenants claim that their rent has been increased at the end of their tenancy. The average such increase was £84 per month. 13% of tenants also...




Guidance for agents in relation to display fees

Guidance for agents in relation to display fees

With the legal requirement to display details of all charges on websites and in offices coming into force on 27th May, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has created a set of templates...




Ban of letting agency fees requires further research says MPs

Ban of letting agency fees requires further research says MPs

According to an influential group of MPs the next government should assess the possible impact on the private rented sector before making any decision either to implement, or rule out, a ban on letting...




Property Redress Scheme issues guides on unfair fees

Property Redress Scheme issues guides on unfair fees

Two guidance notes for agents regarding fees have been issued by the Property Redress Scheme. The PRS revealed last month that the most common grievance made against agent members involved unfair or excessive fees...




Landlords face a hike in eviction costs for a second successive year under government proposals

Landlords face a hike in eviction costs for a second successive year under government proposals

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is, until 27 February, consulting on raising the fee for possession claims in the County Court by £75 per claim – as part of a plan to save the department £55m...




Excessive fees are top complaints, says redress chief

Excessive fees are top complaints, says redress chief

The Property Redress Scheme, is claiming an increase in consumer complaints against lettings agents and property management firms as the right to redress becomes better known to the public. The major causes of complaint have...