Joint Ministerial Communiqueě on Letting Agency Fees
Please see below a letter which has been issued on behalf of Deirdre Hargey MLA, Minister for Communities and Conor Murphy MLA, Minister of Finance.
This is to advise tenants, letting agents and landlords about the court ruling on fees some letting agents are charging to tenants. In 2017 the court ordered a letting agent to repay an administration fee which had been charged to a tenant. The court found that the payment of the fee charged by the letting agent was in fact a contribution towards the costs of the services that the agents had been commissioned by the landlord to do. It is now submitted there is a general rule that when a letting agent is instructed by a landlord to let a property, then they are acting for the landlord and not the tenant or prospective tenant and fees should not be passed on to tenants for services that a letting agent carries out on behalf of a landlord.
You can read the Joint Ministerial Communiqueě on Letting Agency Fees here.