A petition against letting agent fees has now gathered some 250,000 signatures.
It has been organised by Vicky Spratt, from young women’s online publication the Debrief.
Earlier this week, Spratt appeared on The BBC’s Daily Politics show, presenting a a two-minute film explaining why she thinks the rental market is broken, and calling for people to support the petition. This was followed by a three-minute discussion with presenter Jo Coburn, Labour MP Chris Bryant and Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi.
Spratt yesterday told EYE: “All fees should be banned. Tenants can use websites like Spare Room to get in direct contact with property owners.
“The fees are meaningless. It’s money for old rope. Tenants can do their own assured shorthold tenancy agreements.”
Letting agents fees are banned in Scotland and Spratt said she wants the rest of the UK to follow suit.
She said: “On the show Mr Zahawi said that banning fees will just lead to an increase in rents but there is no evidence of that happening in Scotland. There was a small increase immediately after the ban but prices in Scotland have not risen significantly more than in other parts of the UK.”
In fact, this week Your Move said that rents in Scotland had plunged in the sharpest month-on-month fall in Scottish rents on record.
In her piece for Daily Politics, Spratt also warned that home ownership for young people is “now little more than a pipe dream”.