Letting agents fees look set to be banned this year following pressure from the Liberal Democrats.
The fees cost on average £223 per tenancy but under the new plans they will be banned and tenants will be given the opportunity to recover illegal fees imposed upon them.
Lib Dem peer Olly Grender, who has led a campaign against the fees, said:
“I am absolutely delighted that the ban on letting fees set out in my Private Members’ Bill is now being proposed as law.
“We know from the tragedy of Grenfell Tower that tenants’ rights have been ignored for far too long.
“It’s time we made them a much greater priority, including by introducing a public register of rogue landlords.”
Gareth Hardy, Soho and Jewellery Quarter campaigner added:
“This is a great step to tenants having control against rogue landlords and agents, what we need now is a register of landlords in Soho and JQ so that the council housing department can audit and ban rogue landlords”.