Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Reporting Back: Landlords to be banned from charging tenants rip-off fees over damaged items

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 06 September 2018 13:03


Tenants in the private rented sector will no longer be forced to pay excessive fees for minor damages, as the government continues to crackdown on unfair letting fees.

Under the new default fee provision, a landlord or agent will only be able to recover reasonable incurred costs, and must provide evidence of these costs to the tenant before they can impose any charges.

This will put a stop, for example, to tenants being charged hundreds of pounds for a damaged item that actually only costs a few pounds to replace – such as £60 to replace smoke alarms which the local council would have replaced for free.

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