Northern Ireland agents ignoring tenant fee ban

Northern Ireland agents ignoring tenant fee ban

Calls have been made in Northern Ireland for enforcement action against agents reportedly charging tenants illegal letting fees. The NI fee ban pre-dates legislation in England by several decades.

The practice of unlawfully charging letting fees in the main targets students in the Belfast area. Tony McGuillan, director of Shelter NI commented:

“The legislation is clear on this matter but with no enforcement and if no penalties are issued, estate agents will continue to take advantage of people.”

Earlier in the year, Minister for Communities Deirdre Hargey and Minister for Finance Conor Murphy issued a joint statement urging agents to cease this unlawful practice.


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