What letting fees are legally allowed?
From 1 June 2019, most tenant fees for new tenancies are now legally banned. The act will also ban any prohibited fees for all existing tenancies on 1 June 2020.
Who the ban applies to
The ban applies to most private tenants. This includes if you have an assured shorthold tenancy, are in student housing or if you are a lodger.
The ban on fees will not apply if you signed your tenancy agreement before 1 June 2019, even if your tenancy starts after this. Your landlord or agent will still be able to charge fees until 1 June 2020.
What you can’t be asked to pay
If you sign or renew a tenancy you can’t be asked to pay for:
- credit and immigration checks
- renewing your contract
What you can still be asked to pay
The only fees that you can be charged are:
- if you are more than 14 days late paying your rent
- for the cost of replacing a key or fob
- if you want to end or change a term in your tenancy
What if I'm already in a tenancy?
The ban won't apply to existing tenancies until you renew for a new fixed-term tenancy, or until June 1 2020 - whichever comes sooner. If you signed your contract before 1 June 2019 and it states that you must pay a renewal fee to renew your tenancy then this still applies if you renew before 1 June 2020. However, the landlord or agent won’t be able to include any further charges in your renewal agreement.
If you renew your tenancy, after or on 1 June 2020, any deposit money you have paid that exceeds 5 weeks' rent must be refunded.
If you leave your tenancy before 1 June 2020, you will still have to pay a check out fee or inventory fee if this is stated in your contract.
For more information, see the Guidance for Tenants, published by the government.
The Student Hub will be happy to go over any contract that you have before you commit to it, just make an appointment to see a hub advisor.