Boost for renters as poll shows little public support for tenant fees


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The government’s proposed ban on letting agents charging tenant fees has gained significant support from members of the general public, while most of those in favour of the fees believe that private renters should only be required to pay a nominal amount.

According to the charity Citizens Advice, the fees currently cost tenants an average of £337 per person, but the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA Propertymark) says that around £200 per tenant is a more realistic figure for fees relating to a range of administration, including reference, credit and immigration checks, as well as the drawing up of tenancy agreements.

But a new survey has found that 46% of Brits think tenants should not pay any admin fees or charges, above and beyond a tenancy deposit and first month’s rent when renting through a letting agent, while 61% of those surveyed supported a definitive outright ban on fees when renting property directly from a landlord.

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