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Belfast council bids to toughen regulation of 'unjustifiable letting fees' for tenants

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Councillor Anthony Flynn

Councillor Anthony Flynn

Councillor Anthony Flynn

Belfast City Council has unanimously passed a motion that could lead to estate agents being fined for charging tenants "unlawful and unjustifiable" letting fees.

Tabled by Green Party councillor Anthony Flynn, the motion references the landmark 2018 Belfast legal case of Loughran v Piney Rentals Limited and F5 Property Limited, which ruled that a fee charged by the letting agent to a tenant was in fact a contribution towards the cost of services that agents had commissioned the landlord to carry out.

This meant, in effect, that the tenant was paying fees to the agent for work the landlord had already paid for.


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