The Welsh Government has now released guidance which addresses the fees that can be levied on tenants in the principality after the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act comes into force on 1st September 2019.
In short, after 1st September 2019, landlords and letting agents will be committing a criminal offence if they require tenants to make certain payments in relation to new tenancy agreements.
Payments allowed under the Act are broadly restricted to rent, security and holding deposits, default payments and payment for utilities, council tax and TV licences.
Among the payments outlawed are administration fees, check in and check out fees, renewal fees, holding fees and inventory fees.
The legislation only applies to tenancy agreements signed on or after 1st September 2019.
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The Act makes it an offence to charge a tenant any payment that is not specified as a ‘permitted payment’ by the legislation. This means tenants cannot be charged for such things as an accompanied viewing, receiving an inventory, signing a contract, or renewing a tenancy.