The charity incorrectly claimed that landlords were charging fees to view a property

Housing charity Threshold has apologised for incorrectly claiming that landlords were charging people 'viewing fees' to see a property.

The news was covered widely in the media with Labour drafting legislation to ban the practice.

However, the housing charity has now clarified the comments saying that it was referring to cases where potential tenants were being asked to bring money to viewings to secure rented accommodation.

Threshold says this practice of advance payment is 'exclusionary' for those on low incomes and the HAP scheme.

In a statement, the charity says ' Threshold wishes to apologise for the lack of clarity and any public mis-information arising around the concept of a ‘viewing fee’ being a growing phenomenon.