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Belfast councillor in bid to block 'unlawful' fees for tenants

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Cllr Anthony Flynn

Cllr Anthony Flynn

Cllr Anthony Flynn

Belfast City Council is to debate a motion that could lead to estate agents being fined for charging tenants "unlawful" letting fees.

Green Party councillor Anthony Flynn's proposal is aimed at clamping down on the practice of letting agents adding charges which are often said to cover holding deposits, referencing checks and other work.

The motion quotes the landmark 2018 legal case of Loughran v Piney Rentals Limited and F5 Property Limited, which ruled that a fee levied by the letting agent to a tenant was actually a contribution towards the cost of services that agents had commissioned the landlord to carry out.


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