Letting fee paid but lease unsigned, how can I get my letting fee back?
Question from James Dunn updated on 4th December 2008:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
A property manager or landlord who is a registered real estate agent may charge a letting fee for granting a tenancy. As the letting fee is for the grant of the tenancy, if a tenancy has been granted and the tenant changes their mind about accepting the tenancy, then the property manager may still be entitled to charge a letting fee. If you are not able to resolve this matter with the property manager, you may wish to apply to the Tenancy Tribunal. For further advice and information about when a landlord may charge a letting fee and making a Tenancy Tribunal application, you can contact the Department of Building and Housing on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262).
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