The new Tenant Fees Act 2019 bans most letting fees and caps tenancy deposits paid by tenants in the private rented sector in England.

It applies to new or renewed tenancy agreements signed on or after 1 June 2019.

The government guidance on the Act for tenants, landlords and letting agents helps explain how this legislation affects them. 

What can be charged?

From 1 June 2019, the only payments that landlords or letting agents can charge to tenants for new contracts are:

  • Rent;
  • A refundable tenancy deposit capped at no more than 5 weeks’ rent where the total annual rent is less than £50,000, or 6 weeks’ rent where the total annual rent is £50,000 or above;
  • A refundable holding deposit (to reserve a property) capped at no more than 1 week’s rent;
  • Payments associated with early termination of the tenancy, when requested by the tenant;
  • Payments in respect of utilities, communication services, TV licence and Council Tax; and
  • A default fee for late payment of rent and replacement of a lost key/security device giving access to the housing, where required under a tenancy agreement.

Local enforcement authorities have primary responsibility for enforcing this legislation. 

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