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    Hi. I've been renting out my old property in the UK for about 6 months, (I have a tenant on a 24mnth contract). The letting agent has just emailed me to say that, as they can no longer charge fees to the tenants from the 1st June, they are introducing a monthly landlords fee of £30. Can they do this? I can find nothing in the agreement that suggests this is possible? Has anyone else experienced something like this? Thanks.

    #2
    It's a try on. Tell him to downsize his car.

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      #3
      They can't simply "introduce" a fee without your agreement.
      Tell them to show you where you have agreed to an additional £360 per annum and you'll be happy to pay it.

      It will be the first of many.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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        #4
        Tell them that to cope with daft requests from agents you will be introducing a £45/month charge.

        Do let us know their response
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          I think Agent is looking for ways to keep their revenue of the annual contract signing fees from tenancy.

          It would be a hard case to make the case to the landlord that you need to charge 200quid to renewal the tenancy agreement for another year that is unnecessary and offers no benefit to the landlord what so ever.

          It is of course easier to go to the tenant and claim that landlord may kick them out if they don't sign...

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            #6
            The agent can introduce new fees to new landlords or by getting the landlord to agree when a new tenancy is required.
            They're losing income from tenants and will want to replace it somehow.

            The issue will always be that when a property is properly priced, adding another £30 to the rent isn't easy, particularly when you're competing against the majority of landlords who don't have an additional £30 a month to pay, because they don't use an agent.
            The idea that landlords can simply pass on new fees is a bit of a fiction.
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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