Not all landlords are aware of the impact of the tenant ban fees which came into force in England last month, as reported by insidecoveyancing.co.uk.
According to agents Chestertons, landlords are still unaware that the ban looks back as well as forwards. It says that as the legislation is enforceable on all Assured Shorthold tenancy agreements, landlords don’t just need to adjust, but they must become aware of the complexities involved with unravelling existing tenancies.
It is believed that many landlords are unaware that sections referring to extra costs on agreements drawn up before 01 June 2019 may not be binding when it comes to a tenant moving out of a property, or once the tenancy renews.
As reported by insidecoveyancing.co.uk, Donna Ingram, Head of Tenancy Services at Chestertons said,
“Many landlords are unaware that if a tenant moves out after 31 May 2020 costs cannot be charged to the tenant, even if these were written in to a tenancy agreement. Landlords could be in for a shock next June when services, such as an end of tenancy professional clean, cannot be charged to the tenant despite a clause in the contract. So the wording of tenancy agreements is more important than ever to ensure peace of mind and prevent landlords from being caught out.”