Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tenants in Rush to Avoid [Pounds Sterling]2,000 C-Charge Fees

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tenants in Rush to Avoid [Pounds Sterling]2,000 C-Charge Fees

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Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor

TENANTS are rushing to secure flats in the central congestion charge zone before the abolition of the scheme's western extension on Christmas Eve.

Boris Johnson's scrapping of the three-year-old western zone means that thousands of people close to the boundary, in areas such as Bayswater, Belgravia and Pimlico, will lose their 90 per cent discount on the levy.

Instead of paying [pounds sterling]4 a week to drive throughout central London, they will be charged [pounds sterling]8 a day every time they cross over the border into the original central zone.

Agents said that increasing numbers of people are asking to see properties inside the zone as a move could save them about [pounds sterling]2,000 a year.

Lynn Hilton, partner for residential lettings at Cluttons, said: "Residents of west London have realised life is going to become considerably more expensive post-Christmas, when they will have to pay [pounds sterling]8 just to drive a couple of minutes up the road. …

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