Residential Tenancies Act 1986

17A Requiring letting fee prohibited

(1)

No letting agent or other person may require a tenant to pay a letting fee.

(2)

Nothing in subsection (1) limits or affects section 44A (which entitles a landlord to recover reasonable expenses on consenting to the tenant’s assigning, subletting, or parting with possession of the premises).

(3)

Any requirement to pay a letting fee in contravention of subsection (1) is an unlawful act.

(4)

A landlord who contravenes subsection (1) commits an infringement offence and is liable to a fine or an infringement fee specified in Schedule 1B.

Section 17A: inserted, on 12 December 2018, by section 7 of the Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Act 2018 (2018 No 44).

Section 17A(2): amended, on 11 February 2021, by section 13(1) of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 59).

Section 17A(4): inserted, on 11 February 2021, by section 13(2) of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 59).