Why a ban on letting agent fees would be good news for tenants

At Shelter we believe that tenants shouldn’t be charged up-front fees by letting agents. It’s a stance we took after hearing numerous horror stories from people of sky-high and often baffling charges (£50 furniture rearranging fee anyone?) and coming to the conclusion that this straightforward approach is the only way to inject a little fairness into the lettings market.

The housing minister Gavin Barwell has a different opinion, however, and has dismissed it as a “bad idea”, citing concerns that … Read more