It’s war! ARLA urges agents to take tenant fees ban battle to MPs’ constituencies

first_imgHome » News » It’s war! ARLA urges agents to take tenant fees ban battle to MPs’ constituencies previous nextRegulation & LawIt’s war! ARLA urges agents to take tenant fees ban battle to MPs’ constituenciesPoliticians need to understand likely heavy impact of ban on their local rental market and local employment before they vote on bill, the trade association says.Nigel Lewis18th May 20181 Comment2,813 Views After failing to persuade the government that the tenant fees ban will lead to a rise in rents, poorer quality properties and fewer jobs within the property industry, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has taken its war direct to MPs in their constituencies.This is somewhat of a U-turn compared to the organisation’s position earlier this month when David Cox, ARLA’s Chief Executive, (pictured, above) appeared to throw in the towel and told members following the Bill’s Introduction to parliament that they “must start preparing for when it comes into force”.The trade association, which says the fees ban is not the “black and white” issue portrayed by the government, has emailed all its members urging them to contact their local MPs ahead of the Tenant Fees Bill’s passage through parliament, which was announced earlier this month.Agents are being asked to both book face-to-face meetings at MPs’ surgeries and send letters.The ARLA tenant fees ban campaign includes a briefing paper for agents to use when they contact their local MP, and a toolkit that includes a letter ready to send to the politicians.As well as urging MPs to consider the impact on their local property market and economy following a ban, ARLA says holding deposits should be permitted payments and not capped at one week’s rent to prevent tenants making multiple offers when house hunting.It is also urging MPs to scrap the deposit cap, which it says varies from region to region, and allow default fees for out-of-hours services including when tenants lock themselves out of their homes late at night.ARLA also claims the ban will not make the market fairer for tenants, will reduce not increase competition among agents, and will decrease enforcement of existing rental sector laws and regulations.ARLA tenant fees ban Tenant Fees Bill David Cox May 18, 2018Nigel LewisOne commentJames Robinson, Lurot Brand Lurot Brand 21st May 2018 at 1:19 pmBetter late than neverLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more