Welsh government ‘yet to make a decision on banning letting agent fees’ but will review evidence

The Welsh Assembly has yet to make any decision as to whether a ban on letting agent fees should be introduced in Wales.

Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales, has written to David Cox, managing director of ARLA, to confirm that no decision has yet been taken.

The letter says: “The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children has made a commitment to review the evidence currently available, before deciding what action should be taken.”

The letter continues: “He will be taking into account the impact of the Scottish legislation and will also be reviewing the proposals in England, taking into account the findings of their consultation which is due to be held in the coming months.

“The review will also consider the different approach Wales has taken, by introducing Rent Smart Wales, and how this will impact on and inform any further regulation of the sector.”

ARLA said it will continue to talk to the Welsh government.

In an email to its members yesterday, ARLA said: “We urge all members to complete our monthly surveys and respond to the UK Government’s consultation when it is released.

“It’s clear that further widespread changes are in the pipeline for the private rented sector across the UK, but what’s important is that governments listen to the industry and follow the evidence.”

A number of proposals from Welsh Assembly Members were put forward to be chosen in a ballot of Private Member Bills to ban letting agents’ fees for tenants. The draw has now taken place with none of the proposals to ban letting agents’ fees being successful.

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