As I have not rented in decades, do estate agents here charge you a fee for supplying contracts etc when renting you a property. This has to be the biggest easy money making rort I have heard of in the UK, something which has already been outlawed in Scotland apparently. Since when does someone have the cheek to charge a fee of 200 pounds or more to each renter to pull a contract off a computer to sign AND charge fees to the owner as well. Also why do people put up with this? Some agencies are also charging exit fees of 30 pounds if furniture is not in its original spot. I know the rental property market in London is extremely tight and competitive but that seems like mercenary behaviour to me and they have renters over a barrel because they need somewhere to live.