Since the Tenant Fees Act came into force for new or renewed tenancy agreements signed on or after 1st June 2019, landlords and agents have been banned from charging tenants certain fees related to their tenancy.
Under the Act, tenants cannot be charged for:
What happens if I am charged for any of these?
If a landlord or agent breaches the ban by requesting you pay any of these fees, they can be fined up to £5,000 for each separate breach. If they had already breached the Act within the previous 5 years of the first, that is a criminal offence, and they can be fined up to £30,000 by the local authority or prosecuted in court.
As the tenant, you are entitled to be repaid the fee, plus any interest the local authority deems appropriate (in line with the Act), and in the meantime you cannot be evicted via a section 21 notice.
If you have been charged a banned fee, write to your landlord or agent asking for it to be repaid. If a landlord refuses or doesn’t respond, you should contact the local authority or Citizens Advice, and if it’s an agent, you can complain to the relevant redress scheme. You could also apply to the First-Tier Tribunal to recover the fee.
But there are a number of different costs that can arise during a tenancy, so what can you legally be asked to pay for as a tenant, in addition to rent?
Permitted charges when you’re renting
As a basic rule of thumb, if costs have been incurred as a result of your actions during a tenancy, you’re likely to be responsible for covering them.
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