Breaking: Welsh Assembly votes through its own tenant fees ban

first_imgHome » News » Breaking: Welsh Assembly votes through its own tenant fees ban previous nextRegulation & LawBreaking: Welsh Assembly votes through its own tenant fees banBan in Wales will now go live in August this year and will be enforced by both Rent Smart Wales and local housing authorities.Nigel Lewis28th March 201901,354 Views Wales has followed England and Scotland’s example and banned tenant fees.The decision was taken last night at 7pm during a vote in the Welsh Assembly when the Renting Homes (Fees etc (Wales)) Bill passed its final legislative stage, ten months after it was introduced into the assembly.The country’s fees ban will now go live approximately three months after the English one goes live on June 1st.“The Welsh tenant fees ban is now an inevitability, and agents working in Wales need to continue with their preparations for a post-tenant fees world,” says David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA (left).Much like the English version, the Welsh ban prevents tenants from being charged for anything other than rent, security deposits, holding deposits, utilities, communication services, council tax and default fees.Late amendments to the bill have given both local housing authorities and Rent Smart Wales the ability to enforce the bill’s measures, and letting agents will also be permitted to charge tenants Green Deal fees as part of permitted utility payments.Other banned items include exit fees but not if tenants surrender or leave their tenancy early. Holding deposits are being capped at one week’s rent, and once it’s paid letting agents must cease all advertising of the property.Also, the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 has been amended to prevent a tenant being evicted if a prohibited payment has been charged and then not refunded.“The Bill rebalances the relationship between tenant, agent and landlord, removing any doubt about which costs need to be budgeted for when renting,” says Wales’ Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James.Julie James ARLA tenant fees ban tenant fees ban wales David Cox Welsh assembly March 28, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more