The Communities and Local Government committee of MPs will on Monday hear their first oral evidence of the year for the Draft Tenant Fees Bill - the legislation which will eventually ban agents’ fees levied on tenants in England.
Those giving evidence on Monday include Kate Webb, head of policy at campaigning charity Shelter; the celebrated housing academic Dr Julie Rugg, who is senior research fellow at the Centre for Housing Policy based at the University of York; and Professor Ian Loveland of The City Law School at the University of London.
The CLG committee’s role is to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the government's proposals to ban letting fees.
It will hear evidence at future sessions, with contributions expected from experts, tenants, agent and landlord associations, and trading standards authorities.
The committee will also look at the wider performance of the private rental sector as a whole through various research exercises.
The draft Bill itself was published on November 1 and according to DCLG Secretary of State Sajid Javid aims to deliver “a fairer, more competitive, and more affordable lettings market where tenants have greater clarity and control over what they will pay and where the landlord is the primary customer of the letting agent.”