Shelters calls for a blanket ban on all letting agents fee’s to tenants does not look to be well received by Ministers. In the Lords, Baroness Hanham said the blanket ban is not supported by the government stating that it would simply be passed on to tenants anyway!
The full exchange was as follows;
Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Shelter report, Letting agencies: the price you pay.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): We welcome Shelter’s contribution to the debate. But remain unconvinced that increased regulation is the answer. So we do not support a blanket ban on fees to tenants, especially as this is likely to drive up the cost of rents.
What was agreed however was the need for higher standards in the rental industry, Baroness Hanham laid out the plans to bring this into practice.
William Taylor of Martin & Co (Huddersfield Letting Agent, Estate Agent and Property Management) said "it is good news all round really, there is no need to punish the legitimate good business for the shortfalls of the bad in the industry. A code of conduct is much overdue."