Do you know what a prohibited payment from your tenant is?
Under the recent legislation, any fees that the tenant (or someone acting on their behalf) is required to pay as a condition of the “grant, continuance, termination or renewal” of an assured shorthold tenancy or license agreement are now banned, (unless highlighted as a permitted charge within the Tenant Fees Act 2019).
The following are examples of fees now banned:
Granting of a New Tenancy:
Viewing fees, credit checks, referencing fees, inventories, guarantor forms, administration charges, charges for the requirement to enter a contract with a third party or to make a loan in connection with a tenancy.
During a Tenancy:
Gardening services, chimney sweeping services,…
Early Termination of a Tenancy:
Deed of Surrender (Other than for landlord losses and loss of rent during a void period), check-out fees.
End of a Tenancy:
Flea control treatment as a “condition” of agreeing to allow pets at the property.
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