As of 1 September 2019, the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 is now in force.
Agents and landlords in Wales entering into new tenancies from 1 September 2019 will only be able to charge for:
- Security deposit
- Holding deposit (one weeks rent)
- Payments in default
- Payments in respect of council tax
- Payments in respect of utilities
- Payments in respect of a television licence
- Payments in respect of communication service.
Does this apply to current tenancy agreements?
- Any tenancy agreement which is entered into prior to 1 September 2019 will not be subject to the requirements of the Act.
- However, the ban does not apply where a requirement to make a payment, grant a loan or enter into a contract for services, was imposed before 1 September 2019 or in respect of a requirement forming part of a tenancy agreement entered into before that date. So a tenant who signed a tenancy agreement on 31 August 2019 could still be required to pay for something which would otherwise be prohibited by this Act.
- The Act will apply when the term of that tenancy agreement has finished, and a new tenancy agreement is entered into.
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