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Welsh fees ban now in force

1st September 2019

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:

  • Rent
  • 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.

Download the guidance now:

English: https://gov.wales/letting-fees-guidance-landlords-and-letting-agents

Cymraeg: https://llyw.cymru/ffioedd-gosod-eiddo-canllawiau-i-landlordiaid-ac-asiantiaid-gosod-eiddo

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