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Royal Assent: Tenant Fees Bill signed into law

12 February 2019

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The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent on 12 February 2019. It becomes the Tenant Fees Act 2019.

What is the Tenant Fees Act 2019?

The Act

  • makes renting fairer and more affordable for tenants by reducing the costs at the outset of a tenancy
  • improves transparency and competition in the private rental market
  • ban letting fees paid by tenants in England
  • improves fairness, competition and affordability in the lettings sector

The Act received Royal Assent on 12 February 2019, having completed all its parliamentary stages. Parts of the Act commence (come into force) immediately while other parts commence later.

You can follow its passage, from first reading to Act of Parliament, below.

The Tenant Fees Act 2019: Parliamentary passage

You can find explanatory information, bill documents, impartial supporting research and links to transcripts and video of proceedings in both Houses of Parliament:

What is Royal Assent?

Once a bill has completed all the parliamentary stages in both Houses, it is ready to receive Royal Assent. This is when the Queen formally agrees to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

There is no set time period between the end of a bill's passage through Parliament and Royal Assent.

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