For many rental properties in the region, this could be thousands of pounds and is totally unwarranted.
John Socha, Vice Chairman, commenting on the renewal fees issue, said: "All landlords expect to pay a commission at the beginning of a tenancy, but with rents in London and the South East still topping the tables, another fee of this size is simply unfair.
"There is absolutely no reason for a significant renewal fee that doesn’t reflect the work undertaken. These charges really are ‘money for nothing’.
"Landlords must check the small print of any contracts with letting agents before signing on the dotted line. Any clauses which cause concern should be negotiated out of the terms and conditions. If this isn’t possible, then landlords should vote with their feet and try a different agent."
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