Speaking in a debate on Tenants Fees, Matt Rodda MP urged the government to protect tenants from exploitation and to deliver a fairer market for renters in Reading and Woodley.
The Bill seeks to help tenants with the cost of private renting, by restricting the fees they can be charged by landlords and letting agents for things such as replacing a lost key or fines for late rent payments. The ban on fees would apply to assured shorthold tenancies, tenancies of student accommodation and licences to occupy. The Bill also caps tenancy deposits at no more than six week’s rent; currently there is no cap on tenancy deposits.
In the debate, Matt Rodda called on the government to provide clarity on default fees and to limit the amount that letting agents and landlords could charge.
Matt said, “I welcome this Bill. It was Labour that first proposed a ban on tenant fees in 2013 – we included pledges to do so in our 2015 and 2017 manifestos.”
“In Reading East we have seen increasing numbers of young people and families entering the rental market, and it is in the vital interests of these residents and all my constituents that the rental market in our area is fair and affordable.”
“Tenants deserve to know what fees they may be charged upfront. Clear limits on the amounts that could be charged would provide tenants in my constituency and elsewhere with protection from exploitation, whilst still allowing landlords and agents to charge for expenses where there is a clear cost.”