Tenant activists group Acorn has welcomed the draft Tenant Fees Bill, with its ban on letting fees and caps on deposits to the equivalent of one week’s rent for a holding deposit and one month’s rent for a bond.
National organiser Stuart Melvin said: “This is a huge victory and is thanks to the efforts of renters campaigning against them with Acorn and our partners Generation Rent, Shelter and others, completing consultations, protesting at letting agents, and registering 4,000-plus voters.”
However, he urged tenants to “keep fighting” and to sign and circulate a series of petitions.
One petition is for the introduction of rent controls, while another calls for an end to Section 21, which allows landlords to reclaim their properties in what Acorn calls ‘no cause evictions’, claiming that there is an ‘evictions epidemic’.
Other petitions call for a crackdown on rogue landlords, longer tenancies as standard, and more social housing.