Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to restrict the number of months of rent landlords can request upfront; and what assessment he has made of the effect on tenants in the private rental market of landlords being able to charge tenants six months of rent upfront on their accommodation.
It is for landlords and tenants to agree the amount of rent that should be charged and how much should be paid in advance, according to individual circumstances. We do not expect it to be the norm that landlords ask for multiple months of rent in advance.
The Government took action through the Tenant Fees Act to prohibit rent from being 'frontloaded' at the outset of a tenancy. This prevents a situation where tenants are charged higher rent in place of letting fees.
The Act means that a landlord cannot require a tenant to pay a higher amount for one or several months then a lower amount after this.
We have not assessed the impact of the practice of multiple months of rent being paid upfront, but will continue to monitor this closely.
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01/05/2018 - Bill Documents
Found: and cap deposits
FULL ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT
1. Tenant Fees Bill
21/05/2018 - Commons Chamber
1: [Relevant document: the Third Report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Pre-legislative - Speech Link
2: promote fairness in the private lettings market by banning unfair fees charged to tenants, as promised in the - Speech Link
3: the complaints about the setting of the deposit at six weeks rather than four. Can he explain why he has - Speech Link
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23/09/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: issues faced by both tenants and landlords, and many valid points will be made, but I urge Peers to comment - Speech Link
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05/09/2018 - Commons Chamber
1: default of the person relating to such a tenancy or housing let under it, and(ii) otherwise than pursuant - Speech Link
2: ”This amendment would allow letting agents to charge fees for various services connected with the establishment - Speech Link
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4. Tenant Fees Bill
23/01/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: particular, I thank the members of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, chaired by the - Speech Link
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10/10/2018 - Lords Chamber
1: affordability in the private lettings market by banning unfair fees charged to tenants and capping tenancy - Speech Link