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Waterlooville Landlord - Tenant Fee Ban Update

Further to the overview of the tenant fee ban on my previous post, the industry has now been issued with some further guidance.


Previous full post https://www.principal-properties.co.uk/waterloovillepropertyblog/tenant-fee-ban-1


Default Fee's


We have been given a £15 allowable charge to tenant in exceptional standards. For Example - tenant locks themselves out at 2AM and you drive to the property to let them in with your key this is classed as an exceptional standard as the tenant is in a vulnerable position. If this should happen during business hours the £15 charge will be prohibited. Evidence of the issue will need to kept along with the time and the actions took to rectify this situation.




Damages


Instead of waiting until the end of the tenancy to reclaim the cost from a contractor where a tenant has breached the Tenancy, this cost can instantly be billed to the tenant. For Example, a tenant blocks a toilet with nappies, it is still the landlords responsibility to call and pay the contractor under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act and section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. This cost can instantly be billed to the tenant to pay, if the tenant doesn't pay you have two options:


1. Take them to court to get the fee

2. Deduct the cost from the deposit providing the correct clauses are within the Tenancy Agreement to allow for this


Surrender of Tenancy


It has been confirmed today that the full relet fee a landlord would be charged can be passed to the outgoing tenant wishing to break the Tenancy early, as well as the outgoing tenants needing to pay rent up until new tenants move in. This relet fee can be evidenced in the way of a receipt from a Letting Agent or Terms of Business.


We hope this update of information has been helpful and if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

0333 772 0718

katie@principal-properties.co.uk

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