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Local authorities and letting agents questioned on private rented sector

29 January 2018

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The Communities and Local Government Committee hears from local authorities and letting agents as part of its inquiry in to the Private Rented Sector (PRS).

Proposed ban on letting fees

The Committee will also use the session to continue its pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed ban on letting fees imposed on tenants. The PRS inquiry is focusing on the role of councils in the provision and regulation of private rented accommodation while the Committee is examining the Government's draft Tenant Fees Bill ahead of its passage through Parliament.

While in relation to the PRS inquiry, the meeting is likely to focus on the quality of accommodation in the private rented sector, the effectiveness of licensing schemes and regulations faced by letting agents, it is also likely that the meeting will consider the effectiveness of the enforcement mechanisms in the draft Bill and the impact of the draft Bill on letting agents.

The PRS inquiry is examining barriers to intervention in the private rented sector, whether landlord licensing schemes are promoting higher quality accommodation and the effectiveness of complaint mechanism for tenants.

The draft Tenant Fees Bill was published on 1 November and would prohibit all payments to lettings agents and landlords (aside from rent, security deposits, holding deposits and tenant default fees), cap deposits and introduce new civil and criminal offences for breaching the ban.

Witnesses

Monday 29 January, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 4.00pm

At 5.00pm

Further information

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