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Letting fees ban: over 4,700 official consultation responses

The government has revealed that it has received over 4,700 responses to its official consultation over the proposed ban on agents’ letting fees levied on tenants in England.

The announcement came in a written parliamentary answer by housing minister Alok Sharma to the Labour MP Roger Godsiff.

The Labour member wanted reassurance that the government’s proposed fee ban would take place despite the minority status of Theresa May’s administration, to which Sharma replied: “The government recently announced in the Queen’s Speech its intention to publish a draft bill to ban letting fees paid by tenants in England.”

He continued: “A ban will mean that tenants are better able to search around for properties that suit their budget with no hidden costs.

“This is preferable to tenants being hit with upfront charges that can be difficult for them to afford.

“The approach taken in the draft bill will be informed by the recent public consultation, which closed on June 2 and received over 4,700 responses.

“These responses are being analysed. The Government will publish its response to the consultation in due course and further information on the draft bill will follow.”

You can see the full question and answer on Hansard here.

Last week Theresa May, when asked during Prime Minister’s Questions, also confirmed the legislation would be enacted but declined to give any timetable. In view of the government’s high profile commitment to introduce a ban, ARLA has questioned why the official consultation even took place.

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