From 1st June 2109 landlords and agents will not be able to take a fee ‘In connection with the tenancy’ from the tenants in connection with Assured Shorthold Tenancies. These fees typical cover things like admin fees, cleaning charges, tenancy renewal fees when charged to tenants.
Agents will still be able to charge landlords for engaging their services. Where a tenant engages an agent to find a property for them there are circumstances where a agent can make a charge to the tenant for the work they do.
Charges can still be made for costs incurred by the tenant for default of the tenancy, these would be charges like replacement of lost keys, default in rent, early termination etc. (these fees must explicitly stated in the tenancy agreement)
Where a tenant requests an assignment, novation or variation on the tenancy (i.e. to add/ change a sharer) the fee for this is capped at £50 or reasonable costs if the cost is higher.
The powers come into force on 1st June 2019 but include a Transitional Period of one year which allows tenancies entered into before the commencement date to run as agreed until 31st May 2020.
In addition, deposits have been capped at a maximum of five weeks for tenancies with an annual rental income of less than £50,000 and a maximum of six weeks for those in excess of £50,000.
Holding deposits have been capped at one weeks rent.