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Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act

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The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act received Royal Assent on 15 May.

The Act prohibits certain payments in connection with the granting, renewal or continuance of standard occupation contracts.

It also makes provision in respect of the treatment of holding deposits. Any person guilty of an offence under the Act is liable on summary conviction to a fine.

Any payment of money in connection with the above is prohibited, unless an exception applies. These are rent, security deposits, holding deposits and payments in default. A landlord may pay a letting agent for work undertaken by the agent on behalf of the landlord.

Law to ban letting fees to come into force on September 1

A new law to ban unnecessary letting fees in Wales will come into force on September 1 2019. It is estimated the act will save tenants almost £200 per tenancy.

Information on the scrutiny of the act is available at the National Assembly for Wales website (external link).

Consultation

 
We are consulting on:
  • the description and the limits of payments in default
  • information landlords should provide to tenants before a holding deposit is taken.