A London agency has been fined for the second time in 11 months.
Local media in Barking, east London, report that Primelodge Estates Ltd was fined £10,000 last November for failing to publicise its fees.
Now the agency has been fined a further £7,000 over a flat owned in the company’s name.
The agency was unable to provide the local authority with documents proving who owned the flat, nor provide details of rental income and the deposit from the tenant - all necessary to secure a licence from the council.
The agency was fined £6,000 plus £742.50 in costs and a £170 victim surcharge.
A spokeswoman for the council says: “This estate agent has shown a complete lack of regard for their legal duties and I hope this sends a strong message to them, and all other landlords and agents, that we will not hesitate to take action to protect our residents from those who put profit ahead of people.”