After failing to persuade the government that the tenant fees ban will lead to a rise in rents, poorer quality properties and fewer jobs within the property industry, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has taken its war direct to MPs in their constituencies.
This is somewhat of a U-turn compared to the organisation’s position earlier this month when David Cox, ARLA’s Chief Executive, (pictured, above) appeared to throw in the towel and told members following the Bill’s Introduction to parliament that they “must start preparing for when it comes into force”.
The trade association, which says the fees ban is not the “black and white” issue portrayed by the government, has emailed all its members urging them to contact their local MPs ahead of the Tenant Fees Bill’s passage through parliament, which was announced earlier this month.
Agents are being asked to both book face-to-face meetings at MPs’ surgeries and send letters.
As well as urging MPs to consider the impact on their local property market and economy following a ban, ARLA says holding deposits should be permitted payments and not capped at one week’s rent to prevent tenants making multiple offers when house hunting.
It is also urging MPs to scrap the deposit cap, which it says varies from region to region, and allow default fees for out-of-hours services including when tenants lock themselves out of their homes late at night.
ARLA also claims the ban will not make the market fairer for tenants, will reduce not increase competition among agents, and will decrease enforcement of existing rental sector laws and regulations.