Tenant Fees Bill — Clause 8 — Financial Penalties — 5 Sep 2018 at 16:49
The majority of MPs voted against higher fines for landlords or letting agencies breaching the law limiting what tenants can be charged for.
MPs were considering the Tenant Fees Bill
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 1, page 5, line 13, leave out “£5,000” and insert “£30,000”.
Had it not been rejected this amendment would have impacted Clause 8 of the Bill titled: "Financial Penalties" and which prior to the amendment began:
- (1)Where an enforcement authority is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that a person has breached section 1 or 2 or Schedule 2, the authority may impose a financial penalty on the person in respect of the breach.
- (2)The financial penalty—
- (a)may be of such amount as the authority determines, but
- (b)subject to subsection (3), must not exceed £5,000.
The Bill prohibited landlords (in Section 1) and letting agents (in Section 2) from making charges in connection with a tenancy other than those which are specifically permitted, which are:
- Utilities and Council Tax
- Payments changes to a tenancy requested by the tenant
- Payments associated with an early termination of the tenancy requested by the tenant
- Payments in the event of a default of a tenant (up to the amount of the landlord's loss)
-  Parliament's webpage on the Tenant Fees Bill
-  Clause 6 of the Tenant Fees Bill to which the rejected amendment relates
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||291 (+2 tell)||0||0||92.7%|
|Lab||0||223 (+2 tell)||0||87.5%|