A useful reminder to landlords and letting agents of the changes coming in this week.
The Tenant Fees Act comes into force from 1 June 2019. This will make it illegal for landlords and letting agents to charge certain fees in connection with a tenancy. The only payments that can be charged are rent, a refundable tenancy deposit, a refundable holding deposit, payments to change a tenancy and those associated with early termination of a tenancy (both when requested by the tenant), payments for certain utilities and services and default fees for late payment of rent and replacement of lost keys. A breach of this legislation can be considered a civil offence, with a financial penalty of up to £5,000. Any further breaches within five years could result in a criminal conviction, a banning order and an unlimited fine.