Commenting on the amendment to the Renters’ Rights Bill at the Committee stage which appears to recognise the legitimate charging of reasonable fees by letting agents setting up tenancies, Isobel Thomson, CEO, NALS, said:
“This amendment is a welcome one. NALS has long campaigned to raise the issue of upfront fees and what is fair for both tenants and agents. We believe that industry itself can offer credible alternatives to the complex issue. The Fair Fees Forum – drawn together by NALS – seeks to find common ground between responsible, professional agents and tenant focussed groups over the range of fees that agents should be allowed to charge in return for the significant work they do, often behind the scenes.
“Baroness Grender is aware of the Forum and has asked to be kept involved in its work. The Forum looks forward to helping inform Government’s thinking on what can be charged for and at what level.”