Letting agency fees 'extortionate'
Local authorities in England and Wales should have more powers to deal with unscrupulous letting agencies - including those charging extortionate fees, the Local Government Association says.
Ian Potter, from the Association of Residential Letting Agencies, told the Today programme: "We want regulation of the letting agents market.
"It is the cowboys who get the bad reputation for the sector. There are many agents around the country who are doing things properly and who do not charge these extortionate fees."
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme on Saturday 2 February 2013.