The Tenancy Fees Act came into force in England on Saturday 1st June 2019. The Act provides protection to tenants who have an assured shorthold tenancy and lodgers with a live-in landlord against unreasonable fees. We've broken down the main areas of the act which detail what you can and can't be charged for.
A holding deposit might be requested to take the property off the market until you sort all the paperwork and pay your initial deposit/rent
If you are signing a new tenancy, or renew your current one, after Saturday 1st June 2019 your landlord or letting agent can’t ask you to pay for
Most landlords or agents will request a deposit which they will hold until the end of your tenancy.
* You can find out more about protecting your deposit here.
Landlords can still charge for-
What to do if you are asked to pay these fees?
You should come and speak to an adviser who can check through your contract and tell you what the landlord can and cannot charge. The issue may be resolved by speaking to your landlord.
If you are asked to pay suspect fees they should contact the Trading Standards who will investigate, Art SU Advice Service can support you in bringing a claim. There is a fine for landlords if there is a breach of the Act.
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*Correct as of June 2019