Letting agent apologises after mistakenly trying to charge tenant illegal fees

first_imgHome » News » Letting agent apologises after mistakenly trying to charge tenant illegal fees previous nextRegulation & LawLetting agent apologises after mistakenly trying to charge tenant illegal feesCautionary tale shows how careful agents must now be when issuing documents to ensure old charges aren’t included in tenancy agreements.Nigel Lewis6th August 20190941 Views A letting agent in Liverpool has been investigated by the BBC after trying to charge a tenant illegal fees.Graduate Lewis Ridley, 23, who had recently finished his degree at the city’s John Moores University, applied to move into a one-bedroom flat within the city’s Baltic Triangle area (pictured, above) after securing his first job.But he was then asked for £180 as a combined administration and referencing check fee.He was also told by the letting agent involved that he would be charged a £70 fee to renew his tenancy contract in 12 months’ time and £25 to be sent a letter if he paid his rent late and had to be chased.Ridley (pictured, below) put details of the fees on Twitter calling them ‘sickening’ and pondering how people on low wages afford them.But the media studies gradiate, despite his advanced level of education, was unaware of the tenant fees ban.“Usually I’m quite plugged into stuff but the news about tenancy fees and 1 June just passed me by,” he told the BBC.After being informed on Twitter that the fees were illegal he alerted his letting agent, who then apologised.The company subsequently sent him a letter saying: “Thank you for bringing this to my attention; I am fully aware of the tenant fee ban instated [sic] on the 1st June.“We have altered all our adverts and materials to coincide with this but our template tenancy agreement must have been overlooked. I will get this amended and resend to yourself this afternoon.”Liverpool letting agent tenant fees ban August 6, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

ZZ Top Announces Las Vegas Rock Musical, ‘Sharp Dressed Man’

first_imgA new ZZ Top rock musical, Sharp Dressed Man, is in the works and set to premiere in 2020. The forthcoming show is executive produced by ZZ Top members Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill, as well as produced by their longtime managers Prem Akkaraju and Carl Stubner. Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment, led by Michael Gruber and Jason Gastwirth, is developing the show, which was written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins.A press release explains, “Sharp is an outrageous, bawdy musical romp about a Lone Star auto mechanic who becomes a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing hearts — and car parts — with the help of his merry band of beer drinkers and hell raisers.”Billy Gibbons added his thoughts on the new production in a statement, explaining, “We’re excited about this fantastic project and look forward to hearing our music in a new innovative context. Fans have often told us that we’ve provided the soundtrack to their lives, and this is very much in line with that kind of enthusiastic thinking.”Recently, ZZ Top announced their plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a new, career-spanning compilation album, Goin’ 50. The album is scheduled to arrive on August 16th via Warner Bros. Records.The band is one of the headlining acts scheduled to perform at the inaugural Exit 111 Fest in Manchester, TN this fall, which takes place on the same site as Bonnaroo. In addition to playing three nights as part of their 50th Anniversary Texas Bash across Texas later this month, the band will continue their anniversary summer tour with an international leg of dates beginning on June 4th in Helsinki, Finland. ZZ Top will return to the States to begin the North American leg of their summer tour on August 16th in Ridgefield, WA.Fans can head to the ZZ Tops’s website to pre-order the album, in addition to finding ticketing information and a full list of upcoming tour dates.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more