MP Kevin Hollinrake – who co-founded Hunters of which he is now chairman – has confirmed that agents will be able to attend the forthcoming Parliamentary debate on the proposed ban letting agent fees.
Hollinrake, who is sponsoring the debate, told EYE: “It is understandable that the Government seeks to close a loophole that allows a minority of agents to exploit the opportunity to overcharge tenants for their services such as referencing.
“However, it’s important that everyone understands the full implication of a complete ban: for instance, the downsides for tenants and how it will affect jobs and investment in the property sector.”
Hollinrake said he hopes agents will attend – they will be able to sit in the public gallery.
The debate will also be viewable live online, and agents can respond by social media or the forum that will be created on:
The debate is on Wednesday, September 6, at Westminster Hall between 9am and 11am.
This is the briefing paper that has been made available to MPs.