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Cabinet minister urges UK-wide action against lettings agents' fees

The Secretary of State for Wales has called on the Welsh Government to take measures against what he calls “unjust fees and rogue landlords and agents.”

Alun Cairns sent a statement to the Welsh Government saying: “Getting set up in a private tenancy can be eye-wateringly expensive. Not only must new tenants find thousands of pounds upfront for deposits and rent in advance – they also have to pay fees to letting agents for a range of administrative costs which can often run into the hundreds of pounds.”

His comments come after the long-standing commitment of the Westminster government to ban letting agents’ fees on tenants in England, and after yesterday’s announcement that further consultation and a call for evidence would take place about wider lettings reforms.

“This has been going on for far too long and, today, the UK government is taking a stand by giving tenants in England more power to challenge extortionate fees and poor treatment. Wales must not get left behind” says Cairns. 

“It is time that the Welsh Government followed the example being set in England and move quickly to protect tenants in Wales from unjust fees and rogue landlords” he adds.

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