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Now the Government will act in order to stop agents billing tenants too much for property damage.

The government is to ban agents and landlords charging tenants for minor damage to properties and has added the measure to its Tenant Fees Bill going through parliament.

 

Due to become law in next April 2019, the legislation will only allow agents and landlords to recover ‘reasonable costs’ from tenants when they move out, evidence for which must be provided to them before charges can be imposed.

 

The government says this will put an end to the worst excesses of inflated charges demanded by some rogue agents, including tenants who are charged £60 for a new smoke alarm that is available for free locally from their council.

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