It’s been announced that the next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be its Second Reading in the House of Lords, scheduled for Wednesday October 10.
Its First Reading in the Lords - a formal process which did not involve a debate - took place last week, following the Third Reading in the Commons earlier that same day.
At that time the Commons rejected an amendment from Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski for fees to be capped at £300; it also voted down Labour shadow housing minister Melanie Onn MP’s proposal to increase potential maximum fines from £5,000 to £30,000.
At the Lords Second Reading next month there will be a debate, with a government minister introducing the measure and then contributions from Lords who - traditionally - will have already given an indication that they wish to speak.
Typically, a Lords Second Reading lasts half a day; at a later date the Bill then goes to the Lords Committee Stage, where it is examined line by line.
The measure - which is expectedly to effectively ban the levying of letting agents’ fees on tenants in England - is still on course to receive Royal Assent and become law next year.