Tenant Fees Bill: Commons stages

23 January 2019

MPs considered and approved Lords amendments to the Tenant Fees Bill on Wednesday 23 January 2018.

Consideration of Lords amendments

The House of Lords returned the Bill to the House of Commons with amendments which were considered on the floor of the House.

Following debate, MPs divided on the amendments. The Speaker certified this Bill as falling within the EVEL procedure, which meant it was subject to a double majority.

MPs voted 293 to 220 to approve the amended Bill.
Members for constituencies in England voted 265 to 193 to approve the amended Bill.

The bill now awaits Royal Assent.

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.

Previous Commons stages

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.

Committee stage

The Bill was debated in Committee stage on the 5th, 7th, and 12th of June 2018. No amendments were made to the Bill.

Remaining stages

The debate was opened by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rishi Sunak.

The House of Commons divided twice on amendments to this Bill:

Both of these divisions resulted in MPs rejecting amendments to the Bill. The Bill will now progress to the House of Lords.

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