1. ITV Report

Letting fees law change comes into force in Wales

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From today it is illegal for tenants to be charge by landlords or agents for things like receiving an inventory, signing a contract or renewing a tenancy.

The sweeping changes are part of a new Welsh Government law that is, says the government, designed to "make things simpler and fairer for tenants."

It's estimated the change will save tenants, on average, around £200 per tenancy.

Payment can only be demanded from tenants for:

  • Rent
  • Security deposits
  • Holding deposits
  • A payment in default (when a tenant breaches a contract)
  • Payments related to council tax
  • Utilities
  • A television licence
  • Communication services

Fixed penalty notices of £1,000 and a fines system will be used to enforce the new law.

A significant proportion of people in Wales live in private rented housing, and it is vital that they can be confident they are getting a fair deal. I want renting privately to be a positive choice which is accessible to everyone.

– Julie James AM, Housing and Local Government Minister