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Here’s your chance to make sure the government bans letting fees

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Last year we reported that after a long campaign by housing activists (and a petition signed by more than 250,000 people), letting agent fees paid by tenants would be banned. Now the government is consulting on the potential details and effects of a letting fee ban.

They’re trying to work out exactly what constitutes a letting fee, whether there should be exceptions to the ban, and a few other questions. Should renting deposits be capped? Should tenants be able to pay deposits in instalments?

In London’s crazy rental market, there’ll be plenty of people – including landlords and letting agents – who’ll want to have a say. If you’re interested in making sure tenants get a fair deal, you can respond to the government’s online consultation questionnaire now.

Find details of the consultation here, and scroll to ‘Respond online’ to have your say.

Meanwhile, here are 27 of the weirdest properties advertised on the London property market.

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