Birmingham City Council is reminding letting agents and property managers that they need to register with a Redress Scheme – which protects tenants’ deposits – or they may incur a fine of up to £5,000.
The government introduced new rules on 1 October 2014, requiring letting agents and property managers in the private rented sector to register with an approved redress scheme.
The scheme enables private sector tenants to complain about disputes over deposits and fees charged by letting agents – as well as inaccurate property descriptions, inaccurate charging, or rent not being passed on to their landlord.
Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes, Councillor John Cotton, said:
“The Redress Scheme is nearly a year old now, so it seemed a good opportunity to remind lettings agents and property managers of their duties –
and of the risks if they fail to comply with the law.
“While the majority of people who rent their property do so without any problem whatsoever, some people face all sorts of problems.
“This scheme has come about to protect tenants who may be caught in the middle between landlords and agents or managers.
“We are here to support both tenants and landlords in this growing market –
and as such we welcome the scheme and will pursue and fine those who try and avoid it.”
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