- On September 28, 2017
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Letting agents are being warned that as the ban on upfront fees charged to tenants approaches, they should take a proactive approach to the legislation.
ITTRIA, which helps agents to generate income through referrals, suggests that those firms who move now to incorporate new revenue streams may be able to minimise the impact of the ban on their business.Earlier this month MPs discussed the proposed ban on fees in a House of Commons debate.
Earlier this month MPs discussed the proposed ban on fees in a House of Commons debate.
While concerns were raised about how a ban might affect the rental market, it was once again confirmed by Housing Minister Alok Sharma that a blanket ban on upfront fees charged to tenants will be introduced in the near future.
The Housing Minister did not disclose an introduction date, and instead said that the government’s response to the official consultation on a ban – which closed at the beginning of June – would be published ‘very shortly’.
PJ Darling, Managing Director of ITTRIA, had this to say: “Agents have been waiting for some time now to find out when a ban on fees will be introduced, but it seems we are no closer to being told a definitive date.
The consultation on the ban ended almost four months ago now and so it seems there is no point in agents waiting around any longer for government confirmation. Instead, we recommend that agents use this time to be proactive and start thinking about how to replace lost revenue caused by the ban.”
“It’s clear that fees will be banned and so agents need to prepare now and consider the finer details and dates as and when they are finally communicated by the government,” adds Darling, who also founded lettings industry supplier Spark Energy.
During the Commons debate – which was sponsored by Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton and co-founder of national franchise agency Hunters – many MPs spoke of the potential ‘unintended consequences’ of a blanket ban on letting agent fees.
These included rising rents and a negative impact on small to medium-sized businesses.
“Agents have no reason to become an unintended consequence of a ban on fees – either through lost staff or closures – if they take a positive and enterprising approach to their business,” says PJ Darling. “In a few years’ time, we’ll be analysing the effect of the ban on the industry and we want as many agents as possible to defy the odds, thrive and not end up as a negative statistic.”
Read the full article here: http://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/landlords/letting-agents-warned-not-to-be-reactive-to-fees-ban.html