The government has told NALS that implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place before spring 2019 at the earliest.
Following the continued uncertainty over the issue, the National Approved Lettings Scheme asked the newly-rebranded Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on when it expects the legislation to come into force.
The department confirmed to NALS that implementation of the tenant fee legislation will not be before spring 2019.
"We're pleased to see more clarity on the timetable for implementation of the ban - it's much needed for our industry and something NALS has long called for” explains Isobel Thomson, chief executive of NALS.
"The government is currently carrying out pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed Bill ahead of presenting the Bill to Parliament. While the Bill aims to create a fairer and safer private rental sector for all, NALS doesn't believe this will deliver what the government aspires to and risks doing real damage to the private rental sector.
"NALS urge government to use this time to fully assess the impact of the Bill. It is crucial that government look again at the proposals and consider tenant fees in a broader, coherent framework of regulation for the private rental sector" she concludes.