Tenant Fees Bill: Commons second reading

21 May 2018

MPs debated the second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 21 May 2018.

Second Reading

The debate was opened by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire. Melanie Onn responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The Bill passed its second reading without a division in the House of Commons.

The Tenant Fees Bill

Summary of the Bill

There is currently no cap on the level of fees that letting agents can charge in England, although since 27 May 2015 agents have been required to display a tariff of fees. The Tenant Fees Bill will:

  • Ensure that tenants are only required to pay their rent and deposit when securing a property in the private rented sector.
  • Abolish most upfront fees
  • Cap security deposits at the equivalent of six weeks’ rent.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Tenant Fees Bill and find out how a bill becomes an act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for the second reading.

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