Four in ten tenants and landlords are unaware of the fees ban which comes into effect this Saturday.
A survey of just over 1,000 people earlier this month found that 17% thought the Tenants Fees Act would bring in rather than abolish fees.
The survey, conducted by insurance firm Just Landlords, found that while 41% are aware of the ban, many are sceptical as to how they will benefit, and half (49%) believe rents will go up as a result.
Rose Jinks of Just Landlords said: “There has been a lot of talk within the property industry that landlords will increase rent prices as a result of the tenant fees ban, as they look to recoup potentially higher charges imposed by letting agents.
“It is clear that our respondents felt the same.
“Rents will go up, causing the Government’s efforts to make renting cheaper fall flat on its face.”
The survey asked 1,011 adults involved in the private rented sector for their views.