Following continued uncertainty over the timings of implementation of the tenant fee ban, NALS has sought confirmation from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on when they expect the legislation to come into force.
The department confirmed to NALS that implementation of the tenant fee legislation will not be before Spring 2019. This is detailed in the written evidence provided by MHCLG to the Select Committee to support their scrutiny of the draft Bill.
Commenting on the timings for implementation of the ban, Isobel Thomson, CEO, NALS said:
“We’re pleased to see more clarity on the timetable for implementation of the ban – it’s much needed for our industry and something NALS has long called for.
“The government is currently carrying out pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed bill ahead of presenting the Bill to Parliament. While the Bill aims to create a fairer and safer PRS for all, NALS doesn’t believe this will deliver what the government aspires to and risks doing real damage to the PRS.
“NALS urge government to use this time to fully assess the impact of the Bill. It is crucial that government look again at the proposals and consider tenant fees in a broader, coherent framework of regulation for the PRS”