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CAMPAIGNERS have criticised MPs who they say have backed letting agents over renters by refusing to ban fees on tenants.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, Fareham MP Mark Hoban and Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt were joined by Mike Thornton, MP for Eastleigh, in opposing the ban.

In voting on the Consumer Rights Bill, MPs defeated the proposal for a ban.

The government instead promised new fines for agents who don’t publish their fee tariff.

Campaigners from Shelter and Generation Rent have been calling for a ban on letting fees to tenants because of the failure of letting agents to end the ‘hidden fees’ scam.

They say agents apply unexpected fees once a tenant is committed to a property.

A recent ComRes poll showed that 30 per cent of tenants are stung by these hidden fees.

Alex Hilton, director of Generation Rent, said: ‘We want to thank the MPs who stood up for renters in the Solent area. But it’s clear that more pressure is needed before Mike Thornton, Caroline Dinenage, Mark Hoban and Penny Mordaunt will do the same.’

Southampton MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead supported the ban.