Bournemouth Liberal Democrats have today welcomed the proposed banning of renters' letting fees in the private rented sector. Following Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs, the Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement. Liberal Democrat Peer Olly Grender has been promoting the campaign and is the author of the Renters’ Rights Bill, which is currently making progress through Parliament.
Bournemouth West Parliamentary spokesperson, Phil Dunn said, "We have been campaigining on this for quite some time and it's good to see that the Tories have accepted the strength of our argument."
The Bill calls for:
- A ban on letting fees for tenants
- Public access to a database of rogue landlords
- Compulsory electrical safety checks for renters
- A ban on rogue landlords obtaining an HMO licence
Liberal Democrat MP, Tom Brake has also been supporting the Bill and has himself sponsored an Early Day Motion calling for fees to be banned.
Liberal Democrat Councillors across the country have been pushing for renting reform, with successful council motions passed in support of the Renters’ Rights Bill in Hull and Haringey.
Commenting on news of the ban, Baroness Olly Grender said:
“Our relentless campaigning to get tenants’ letting fees banned has finally paid off and the Government has recognised this is the right thing to do. The upfront costs of renting are far too high, pushing many people into debt just to pay the fees, and stopping others from being able to move into a rented home.
"It’s no coincidence that just five days after the debate on our Renters’ Rights Bill, which urged the Government to ban these fees, they have agreed to make this important change. Now they must agree to our calls to make renting safer and more secure too.”
Our Campaign Timeline:
13th March – Banning letting fees officially becomes party policy
27th April – Tom Brake MP presents 10 minute rule bill, Landlords and Tenants (Reform) Bill
10th June – Olly Grender has second reading of Renters’ Rights Bill
10th June – Lib Dems take part in Parliamentary protest with The Debrief’s ‘Make Renting Fair’ Campaign
13th July – Tom Brake MP publishes Early Day Motion on scrapping fees
13th October – Lib Dem protest with The Debrief’s ‘Make Renting Fair’ campaign, presenting their petition of over 250,000 signatures
November – Lib Dem Councillors win council motions on banning fees in Hull and Haringey
18th Nov – Renters’ Rights Bill passes Committee Stage