A new petition has been launched, calling on housing minister Brandon Lewis to ban letting agency fees.
It has been launched by journalist Vicky Spratt, who says she has been renting for nine years, during which time she has handed over £2,000 in letting agent fees.
“This is money I’ll never get back.
“It turns out renting is a lucrative business if you’re on the right side of it – which I’m not.”
She says she has paid anywhere between £80 and £552 in fees.
“It’s a rip-off and the agents are getting away with it, all the way to the bank.”
She adds: “The legislation needs to change and reflect the reality of our society now – we are becoming not just a generation but a nation of renters and the system is stacked against us.
“Renting is the new normal but the market in England is broken.”
Spratt is features editor of The Debrief, whose target readers are young women in their 20s, who care about fashion, celebrities – and politics.
She launched the petition four days ago and by this morning it had over 1,100 supporters.