UK Letting Fee Ban is 15 Months Away, Until 2019

11 January 2018 - Government Explains Why Lettings Fee Ban Is Still 15 Months Away

The government has explained why the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants will not be implemented until spring 2019 - because it will take a substantial period for the legislation to get through parliament.

Not Be Before Spring 2019

Yesterday the National Approved Lettings Scheme revealed that it had tried to get to the bottom of when the long-awaited ban was going to start; it asked the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government for a start date, and was told it would not be before spring 2019.

Tenant Fees Bill

Now the ministry has explained directly to Letting Agent Today that the all-party Communities and Local Government Select Committee of MPs is carrying out pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Tenant Fees Bill - the legislation containing the ban. The ministry told us that it expects the ban to come into force after spring next year - 15 months or so from now - one the proposals have been fully scrutinised by Parliament and stakeholders.