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Question about Tenant Fees Act 2019

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  • Question about Tenant Fees Act 2019

    It's been a long while since I posted,as the title says. I received an email from my son , He got an email from the letting agent as to the costing and fees, while they were happy to accept the money he was paying them( as the owner of the house) they say they can't take the loss they'll be making from 01/06/19
    The property is in England
    Because I am scottish I had never heard of the act till today, and is already to a large extent already covered by and under scottish law.

    Briefly looking at the law, to me it looks like it is intended to restrict the potential for sudden billing and/or overcharging by the agent and/or the landlord

    Is that what it's about?
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    Yes it is intended to be similar to the Scottish version of banning letting agents from charging tenants certain fees except deposits and actual losses, interest on default payments etc. Letting agents have been arguing that they can't sustain the fees they charge landlords so the banning of the fees means they will have to increase the prices so I'm guessing your letting agent has decided to up their prices.

    The Tenant Fees Act is due to come into force from 1 June 2019. Assuming you aren't locked into a contract then I would suggest you inform them that you will shop around elsewhere. If you are locked into a contract, check the terms and conditions and see if they can unilaterally increase the price.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by R0b View Post

      . Assuming you aren't locked into a contract then I would suggest you inform them that you will shop around elsewhere.
      Thanks for the reply, my son has said to them that "he'll go back to the previous agent"

      I have to admit that the practice of charging the tenent I find distasteful


      • #4
        I seem to have lost a post,which said more or less......that he inherited the agent , so I assume that there will be no contract certainly no signed one, plus if one existed it would be with the previous owner, but he stayed within the property, till he effectively emigrated. Still....As I haven't heard from my son ....On that basis I would think that the Letting agent has had a rethink on charging
        I do see a bit of inconsistency within the tale


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