Private renting

Tenant Fees Act 2019

When you are searching for a property to rent it is important that you are aware that landlords or estate agents are by law only able to ask you for

  • The rent
  • A refundable tenancy deposit (capped at no more than five weeks rent where your total annual rent is less than £50,000)
  • A refundable holding deposit (to reserve the property) capped at no more than one week's rent
  • Payments to change the tenancy when requested by the tenant, capped at £50, or reasonable costs incurred if higher
  • Payments associated with early termination of the tenancy, when requested by the tenant
  • Payments in respect of utilities, communication services, TV licence and council tax
  • A default fee for late payment of rent and replacement of a lost key/security device giving access to the housing, where required under a tenancy agreement

Read the Tenants Fee Act to ensure that you know what fees your landlord or letting agent can ask you for

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