Darlington CAB calls for ‘rip off’ letting agents fees to be scrapped

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Darlington Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is warning that ‘rip-off’ letting agent’s fees are causing renters financial problems in the borough.

New evidence uncovered by the charity reveals tenants are frequently charged fees often hidden by letting agents – to the tune of £337 on average nationally.

These charges come on top of advertised rent prices and deposits and in some cases can force people into debt, the charity says.

Nationally in the last year, Citizens Advice has seen around 14,500 cases of client problems with private rented rents and other charges

Most agents charge for checking references, but costs nationally range from as little as £6 to £300, according to the study.

Renters can also be hit by charges ranging from between £15 to £300 for simply renewing their tenancies.

Some agents charged £300 for credit checks that are widely available for £25.

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