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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 5 June 2018

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 1 to 44 and NC1

 

Tenant Fees Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in

 

accordance with the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee.

 

 


 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee

 

The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill

 

agreed the following Resolution at its meeting on Monday 4 June (Standing Order 83C):

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 5

 

June) meet—

 

(a)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 7 June;

 

(b)  

at 9.25 am, 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm on Tuesday 12 June;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:

 

      TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Tuesday 5 June

Until no later

ARLA Propertymark; National

 
  

than 10.25 am

Approved Letting Scheme;

 
   

OpenRent

 
 

Tuesday 5 June

Until no later

National Landlords Association;

 
  

than 10.55 am

Residential Landlords Association

 
 

Thursday 7 June

Until no later

Local Government Association;

 
  

than 12.15 pm

Chartered Trading Standards

 
   

Institute

 
 

Thursday 7 June

Until no later

Shelter; Citizens Advice;

 
  

than 1.00 pm

Generation Rent; National Union

 
   

of Students

 

 
 

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Tenant Fees Bill, continued

 
 

(3)  

proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the

 

following order: Clauses 1 to 3; Schedule 1; Clauses 4 and 5; Schedule 2;

 

Clauses 6 to 8; Schedule 3; Clauses 9 to 33; new Clauses; new Schedules;

 

remaining proceedings on the Bill;

 

(4)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 12 June.

 

Rishi Sunak has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of the

 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee [Standing Order No. 83C].

 


 

Rishi Sunak

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

 


 

Rishi Sunak

 

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the

 

Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.

 


 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  23,  line  12,  leave out “six” and insert “three”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment reduces the maximum amount that may be taken as a deposit from six weeks’ rent

 

to three weeks’ rent.

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  23,  line  15,  leave out first “six” and insert “three”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment reduces the maximum amount that may be taken as a deposit from six weeks’ rent

 

to three weeks’ rent.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 5 June 2018                     

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Tenant Fees Bill, continued

 
 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  23,  line  15,  leave out second “six” and insert “three”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment reduces the maximum amount that may be taken as a deposit from six weeks’ rent

 

to three weeks’ rent.

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  23,  leave out lines 19 to 29

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

10

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  23,  leave out paragraph 4 and insert—

 

“4  (1)  

Subject to sub-paragraphs (3), (4) and (5), a payment that a tenant is required

 

to make in the event of a default by the tenant is a permitted payment if the

 

tenant is required by the tenancy agreement to make the payment in the event

 

of such a default.

 

      (2)  

In this paragraph “default” means a failure by the tenant to—

 

(a)    

perform an obligation, or

 

(b)    

discharge a liability, arising under or in connection with the tenancy.

 

      (3)  

But if the amount of the payment exceeds the reasonable and proportionate

 

value of the loss suffered by the landlord or letting agent as a result of the

 

default, the amount of the excess is a prohibited payment.

 

      (4)  

The Secretary of State must by regulations made by statutory instrument

 

specify the circumstances in which a payment is to be considered a payment in

 

the event of a default within the meaning of sub-paragraph (1).

 

      (5)  

Regulations under sub-paragraph (4) must also make provision as to the

 

procedure to be followed by a landlord or letting agent in seeking to recover a

 

payment under this paragraph, which may include a requirement to give notice

 

of proposed recovery in a prescribed form accompanied by evidence of the loss

 

sustained by reason of the relevant default.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to make regulations on payment of defaults

 

and procedures for recovery of default payments.

 

Dr Paul Williams

 

1

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  24,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

  “(1A)  

On provision of documentary proof from the tenant, sub-paragraph (1) shall

 

not apply to tenancies terminated at the tenant’s request as a result of the tenant

 

having—

 

(a)    

suffered a physical or mental health crisis that requires care to be

 

provided in an alternative environment, or

 

(b)    

been subjected to domestic violence by a cohabitee

 

            

and the Secretary of State shall make regulations specifying the documentary

 

proof required from the tenant for the purposes of this sub-paragraph.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would enable tenants in particular circumstances to end fixed-term tenancies

 

early without having to pay the full rent due to the end of those tenancies.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 5 June 2018                     

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Tenant Fees Bill, continued

 
 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  24,  line  34,  after paragraph (4), insert—

 

  “(4A)  

In the event of a tenant terminating a tenancy as a result of a breach of section

 

1 or section 2 of this Act, any payment beyond the date of termination is a

 

prohibited payment.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 10.

 


 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

12

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  5,  at end insert “, except that the tenant may choose to

 

terminate the agreement without penalty.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment enables a tenant to end a fixed-term tenancy immediately in the event of a section

 

1 or 2 breach by a landlord or letting agent.

 


 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  4,  line  9,  leave out Clause 5

 


 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  25,  line  32,  leave out Schedule 2

 


 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

22

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  21,  leave out “or Schedule 2”

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 5 June 2018                     

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Tenant Fees Bill, continued

 
 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

23

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  35,  leave out “and Schedule 2”

 


 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

24

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  9,  leave out “or Schedule 2”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  13,  leave out “£5,000” and insert “£30,000”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  16,  leave out from “exceed” to the end of line 17 and insert

 

“£30,000”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

25

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  29,  leave out subsection (5)

 


 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

26

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  43,  leave out subsections (6) to (9)

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

27

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  2,  leave out “(2), (5) or (8)” and insert “(2) or (5)”

 


 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

28

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  10,  line  13,  leave out subsection (2)


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 5 June 2018                     

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Tenant Fees Bill, continued

 
 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

29

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  10,  line  20,  leave out “or holding deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

30

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  10,  line  21,  leave out “or holding deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

31

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  10,  line  23,  leave out “or holding deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

32

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  10,  line  24,  leave out “or holding deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

33

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  10,  line  35,  leave out “or holding deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  10,  line  36,  after “that” insert “, with the consent of the relevant

 

person,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that the consent of a tenant or the person acting on their behalf or who

 

has guaranteed to pay their rent must consent to the use of a prohibited payment for rent payments

 

or tenancy deposit payments.

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

34

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  10,  line  37,  leave out “or holding deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

35

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  10,  line  39,  leave out “or holding deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

14

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  11,  line  4,  leave out “all or any part of”, and insert—

 

    

“a sum of money not less than and not more than three times”


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 5 June 2018                     

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Tenant Fees Bill, continued

 
 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would enable tenants to claim back prohibited payments without assistance from

 

the local authority, along with compensation from the landlord or letting agent worth up to three

 

times the fee paid.

 


 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

36

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  11,  line  23,  leave out subsection (2)

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

37

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  11,  line  28,  leave out “or holding deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

38

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  11,  line  30,  leave out “or holding deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

39

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  11,  line  32,  leave out “or deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

40

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  11,  line  34,  leave out “or deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

41

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  11,  line  36,  leave out “or deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

42

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  11,  line  39,  leave out “or holding deposit”

 

Melanie Onn

 

Sarah Jones

 

15

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  12,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

No section 21 notice may be given in relation to the tenancy until the end of a

 

period six months from:

 

(a)    

the day after the day on which the final notice in respect of the penalty

 

for the breach was served; or


 
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