Shelter Wales have launched a campaign calling on the Welsh Government to ban letting agent fees in Wales.They carried out a mystery shop of 85 agents across Wales and they are publishing a report on the findings and launching an Assembly petition.
The campaign is here
Isobel Thomson, Chief Executive of NALS said:
“We want a better, fairer, private rented sector for all, but banning letting agent fees in Wales is not the answer. Access to any form of housing tenure comes with associated costs, and renting in the private sector is no different. Letting agents are running businesses, and should be able to reasonably charge for the work they do in setting up a tenancy.
“There are many letting agents across Wales who provide an excellent service, and stick to the rules, but the rogues need to be driven out. Trading standards and local authorities are responsible for enforcing the law on letting agents, and they must come down hard on any agent not displaying their fees.”