Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has launched a new campaign to help prevent renters in the region being caught out by fees that have now been banned.
The law on what landlords and letting agents can charge tenants when beginning, ending or changing their contracts has changed.
It means renters can no longer be asked to pay extra for things like professional cleaning and having pets, or charged for references and credit checks.
The changes mean that there is only a limited number of fees which are still allowed by law.
You can find out more information, including how to report any concerns, on the Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service website.
Ben Newell, Team Manager at Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards said: “Lots of people rent homes in the South West, so it’s really important to be aware of your rights as a tenant and how these changes in the law might affect you. Renting can be expensive as it is, so you don’t want to get caught out by any additional, and potentially high, fees that are no longer allowed.
“There’s lots of useful information on our website about what you can and can’t be charged for, so I’d encourage anyone who is renting or thinking about renting to find out more before they sign on the dotted line.”