Housing Charity Shelter says some of the blackmail fee it has heard of includes £45 to replace a sweeping shovel and brush, and £200 to get out of a property. Log in to the London trading standards responsible for enforcing the ban on rental fees via their simple online form. From June 1, 2020, it applies regardless of the date your lease began. The rental fee prohibition applies to new or renewed leases signed on or after June 1, 2019. The purpose of the act is to reduce the costs that tenants can bear at the beginning and throughout the term of the lease. Tenants can see at a glance what a particular property will cost them in the advertised rent with no hidden fees. As a general rule, tenants are responsible for paying their own electricity bills, broadband, telephone, TV fee and municipal tax, unless these are included in the rent and in the rental agreement. Citizens Advice reports that around £234 million in rental fees have been paid since the government committed to banning them in November 2017. If you entered into a rental agreement after September 1, 2019, certain fees are charged that you do not have to pay. Gone are the £300 plus management fee and the £100 credit check fee, the high extra fee if you want to keep a cat or the abrupt extra to enter or withdraw on a Saturday – fees that have become routine and could add up to £800 to the cost of renting a property. However, fees for late rents have also been capped. The Tenant Fees Act prohibits most rental fees and limited rent deposits paid by tenants in the private rental sector in England. .