A peer who took part in a debate about the Tenant Fee Bill on Monday in the Lords said he had not received a briefing from ARLA or any landlord body.
He had, however, read briefings from Shelter and Citizens Advice.
According to Hansard, the Earl of Lytton said: “It is not so much a question of whether a fee is charged but whether the fee is reasonable.
“The geometry of the Bill says that the fees are, in principle, unreasonable. That is how it comes across to me and, I think, to many other people.
“In passing, I have read briefings from Shelter and Citizens Advice but I have not received or read a briefing by ARLA or any other body representing landlords’ interests, so my views at this juncture are entirely my own, based on my experience.”
We asked ARLA and the Residential Landlords Association whether it was true that neither had briefed peers.
ARLA did not say whether it had issued a specific briefing, but drew our attention to one of our own stories, where we reported criticism in the Lords of ARLA’s ongoing opposition to the Bill.
The RLA last night confirmed it had not issued a briefing to the Lords on the Bill, but pointed out that its policy director David Smith had made earlier representations in the Commons about the Bill.
Meanwhile, a ban on fees has taken a step closer in Wales, where the Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Bill has been debated.
Cox said that the ban would have a “significant impact on the private rented sector” and said that further consideration is needed.
He called for reference checks to be made exempt from a ban, saying: “Without any means through which to cover the cost of this process, the most vulnerable tenants will find it very difficult to secure suitable rental accommodation.”
He added that the Welsh Assembly must now consider minimising the effect of the ban on agents, landlords and tenants.