The anti-letting agency fee pressure group Generation Rent is urging its supporters to participate in the government formal consultation over agents’ charges saying “we need a ban as soon as possible.”
The group’s website says that Theresa May “has broken her word” by calling a snap General Election after previously ruling one out; it says she should not be allowed to break her word over the proposed fees ban.
“Whoever forms the next government needs to hear a strong message from England's private renters that we need that ban as soon as possible” it claims.
The pressure group admits it has created a tool to semi-automate participation in the official consultation for its supporters.
“We've provided some template answers to the first 13 questions, which cover the technical aspects of how the ban would work. If you're happy with what we've drafted you just need to answer the four questions that ask for your experiences of letting fees” it says.
It claims that banning fees will give tenants “much more power in the rental market” to negotiate rent and to demand repairs.
“We need to show that any backtracking on the promises made last year will be unacceptable” says Generation Rent, which says it will be pushing all parties during the election campaign to state in their manifestos that they will offer what it describes as “protection from eviction, licensing of landlords and building more homes we can afford.”