A Labour MP has presented Parliament with a petition urging that letting agents’ fees should be capped.
There were a modest 1,500 signatures on the petition presented by Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood.
Hayes has in the past campaigned against fees and last year initiated an online survey to - as she put it at the time - “capture the reality facing private tenants in the area as part of a campaign for secure and affordable homes.”
At the time she wrote on her website: “I speak with many people in Dulwich and West Norwood every week and increasing numbers tell me they are fed up of rip-off charges from letting agents, huge annual hikes in rent and the insecurity of one year tenancies.”
At the time Labour was campaigning for three year tenancies and urging a ban on letting agents from charging what it described as “unfair” fees to tenants, which it said amounted to an average of £350 a year to most private renters.
The Renters' Rights Bill, proposed by the Liberal Democrats, includes measures to ban agents charging tenants registration fees, admin fees, reference check fees, renewal fees and exit fees.
It was given an unopposed second reading in the House of Lords. It is a Private Members' Bill which now goes to the Commons.