10:50 AM, 17th May 2018, About 4 years ago 17
In addition to the government lettings fee ban Shelter are calling for a ban or limit on what they term ‘backdoor’ or default fees.
Default fees are a charge written into the tenancy contract when an agreed term has been broken or a service has to be provided.
Shelter listed some extreme examples of default charges that would not fall within the lettings fee ban:
These examples are at the far end of the standard deviation with no mention of what the vast majority of good reasonable landlords would charge.
Shelter said: “The government knows these are open to abuse making changes to the bill as a result, but we still think there’s a loophole and without more protections, letting agents and landlords will try to exploit default fees. It will be difficult for tenants to challenge them.”
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