ARLA calls for extension to consultation period for letting fees ban
As the General Election looms, The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) is calling on the government to either extend the consultation period for the letting agents’ fee ban for tenants, or put it on hold until after the Election.
The consultation period, during which the government invites views on the implementation of the ban, began on 7 April 2017 and is due to close on 2 June 2017. The General Election is scheduled to take place on 8 June 2017.
The request to the government from the ARLA is being backed by no fewer than 21 businesses.
In the letter sent to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, the ARLA praised the Department for Communities and Local Government’s decision to host workshops around the country to allow for a fuller discussion of the ban.
However, the letter goes on to say: “as it is likely the fee ban will become a manifesto pledge in the coming weeks and therefore a political issue, this work cannot properly take place during purdah; when civil servants will need to take extra care to remain impartial and objective.”
If the government continues with its current plans, the consultation period will draw to a close on 2 June, after which an impact assessment will be drawn up.
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