The government is planning to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants, in a move to be announced in the Autumn Statement today.
The fees are usually thrust upon renters on top of costs such as deposits and rent.
Some renters say they can be charged for even small things like printing out a tenancy agreement.
In London the costs can be anything from £300 – £700, say charities.
Lettings agency fees are already banned in Scotland, and such a move was a key pledge in the Labour manifesto of 2015.
Spot the difference: pg 46 of 2015 Labour manifesto "A ban on
unfair letting agent fees will save renters over £600" #AutumnStatement
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) November 22, 2016
But amusingly, the Tories criticised Labour for pursuing this policy just months ago, saying it would only raise rents.
Here is the Housing Minister, in September this year
@insidehousing Bad idea – landlords would pass cost to tenants via rent. We're looking at other ways to cut upfront costs & raise standards
— Gavin Barwell MP (@GavinBarwellMP) September 19, 2016
But that wasn’t the evidence from Scotland, where renters have welcomed more transparency and lower costs.
Philip Hammond is finally seeing some sense.
Looks like Ed Miliband’s manifesto has become more relevant than ever