Tenant Fees Bill: Commons remaining stages

05 September 2018

MPs debated the report stage and third reading stages of the Tenant Fees Bill on Wednesday 5 September 2018 in the House of Commons.

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.

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.

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