More than 4,700 people responded to the recently closed government consultation on banning letting fees for tenants.
The paper was seeking views on a proposal to stop letting agents and landlords charging tenants upfront fees before renting a buy to let home in England.
The consultation closed on June 2.
The number of responses was revealed by Communities and Local Government minister Alok Sharma, who was replying to a written question from Birmingham Hall Green MP Roger Godsiff.
He was asking if the government would look at preventing landlords from passing any fees demanded by letting agents on to tenants as higher rents if the ban on upfront fees comes into force.
“The government recently announced in the Queen’s Speech its intention to publish a draft bill to ban letting fees paid by tenants in England. A ban will mean that tenants are better able to search around for properties that suit their budget with no hidden costs,” said Sharma.
“This is preferable to tenants being hit with upfront charges that can be difficult for them to afford. The approach taken in the draft bill will be informed by the recent public consultation, which closed on 2 June and received over 4,700 responses.
“These responses are being analysed. The government will publish its response to the consultation in due course and further information on the draft bill will follow.”
A similar ban on letting fees operates in Scotland, while policymakers in Wales have already outlined plans to outlaw upfront charges to tenants in Wales.
Planned roadshows to discuss the letting fee ban were scrapped in the run up to the June General Election, but resurrected in the Queen’s Speech.