Inventory and check in/out Services

#1
Dear Sir or Madam,

I hope all is well.

I am a landlord and I am posting as I am not entirely sure about a point regarding inventory services, please.

We regularly use inventory services from clerks and we have recently been contacted by one of our tenants on the subject.

That tenancy started in 2018 and ended on August 9th of this 2020 year.

In our tenancy agreement, it is indicated that landlord will pay the inventory&check in report (which I did in 2018) and the tenant would pay the inventory&check out report.

Nevertheless, the tenant is now claiming that they shouldn't pay any the inventory&check out report, anymore.

Apparently the law has changed from 2019 but based on the comments we received this is only for tenancies that started in 2019. For older tenancies, the tenant can pay all or part of the inventory cost.

But we are not 100% sure and therefore are looking for guidance/update on the subject, please.

Look forward to reading you.

Many thanks.
 
#3
The reason is in s.1 of the Tenant Fees Act 2019. See https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2019/4/section/1
Some of the Act came into force when it received Royal Assent. The rest came into force on 1 June 2019.
On a brief skim, I can't see anything that defers its application if the letting pre-dated the Act.
However, Schedule 1 permits certain payments- e.g. if T wants to end the letting early.

Dear Jeffrey,
Many thanks for your email.
Can you please provide an update on the below Arla Article?
They seem to say that tenants shouldnt pay anything anymore and this from 12 months after the May 2019 Tenant Fees Act ie June 2020..
Look forward to reading you.
https://www.arla.co.uk/news/may-2020/tenant-fees-act-2019-transition-period-comes-to-an-end.aspx#:~:text=The Tenant Fees Act 2019,become unenforceable after this date.
Thank you.
Best,
 

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Dear Jeffrey,
Many thanks for your email.
Can you please provide an update on the below Arla Article?
They seem to say that tenants shouldnt pay anything anymore and this from 12 months after the May 2019 Tenant Fees Act ie June 2020..
Look forward to reading you.
https://www.arla.co.uk/news/may-2020/tenant-fees-act-2019-transition-period-comes-to-an-end.aspx#:~:text=The Tenant Fees Act 2019,become unenforceable after this date.
Thank you.
Best,
Yes. The article explicitly says this:
However, with the 12-month transition period now ending from 1 June 2020, the ban applies to all tenancies (both Fixed Term and Periodic) regardless of when the tenancy started.