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Rare event - council decides not to agree lettings licensing scheme

The National Landlords Association reports that Bournemouth council has taken the unusual step of rejecting a proposal to introduce a landlord licensing...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Drug dealer's business seized after letting agent tips off police

Police officers have seized well over £6,000 worth of cannabis and drug manufacturing equipment after being tipped off by a letting...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Gambling addict lettings agent who stole thousands is jailed

A lettings agent who stole thousands of pounds collected from tenants has been jailed for 20 months. Kent Online reports that gambling...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked ex-lettings agent conned five other agencies into releasing keys

A former lettings agent stole thousands of pounds worth of cash and personal items from homes after conning other agents into...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Court imposes confiscation order of over £1m on disgraced letting agent

A former letting agent from Kettering has been ordered to pay a confiscation order of over £1m made under the Proceeds...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Criminal Behaviour Order bans landlord, 84, from instructing agent

A rogue landlord in Corby has been ordered to pay over £20,000 and sign up to a Criminal Behaviour Order which...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge £173,000 bill for illegal 'beds in sheds' operator

A man who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage has been ordered to pay £173,141 by a court.   Amir Golesorkhi turned...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents have stolen £700,000 so far this year says campaigner

Crooked letting agents have been convicted of stealing almost £700,000 of tenants’ deposits in the first half of 2017.   Campaigning letting agent...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Council clocks up 101 private rental criminal prosecutions

More than 100 criminal prosecutions have been secured against landlords since the start of an enforcement crackdown by Brent council in...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharma told that London licensing proposal is his 'first big test'

Beleagured housing minister Alok Sharma has been told by a London council that his decision over an application for a borough-wide...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another day, another council considering more selective licensing

Yet another local authority is considering introducing selective licensing of private rental property. Luton council has issued a statement saying that within...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings operators face criminal confiscations over illegal micro-flats

A lettings firm and a property management company that converted a family home into micro flats have been found guilty of...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Police seek void rental properties to use in burglary 'stings'

Police in Yorkshire are on the look out for empty rental properties which could be used for ‘sting’ operations tackling burglaries...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term for agency staff member who stole £11,500

An agency staff member has received a suspended prison sentence after stealing £11,500 in unclaimed deposits from a branch of Connells.   Amy...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £235,000 bill for agency boss letting out illegal bedsits

An east London landlord, who was also director of a letting agency, has been forced to pay out over £235,000 for...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent tells lettings sector: change is coming

A prominent campaigner over the misappropriation of rental deposits has welcomed the news that government proposals to ban letting agent fees...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor may have to repay rent from seven illegal flats

A landlord who illegally converted a property into seven flats and rented them out without planning permission faces having to repay...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency owner ordered to pay £25,000 to victims

A convicted Surrey letting agent who used his clients’ money to cover his business debts has been ordered to pay £25,000...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Fraudster jailed after keeping 'holding deposits' from tenants

A fraudster has been jailed after being convicted on nine counts of fraud, theft and forgery relating to property firms which...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings administrator admits stealing £16,000 from Savills branch

A former administrator at a Savills letting office has admitted embezzling around £16,000 from the firm over a five and a...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency boss offers reward for information on office ransacking

The chief executive of an agency in Stoke is offering £500 for information leading to the conviction of individuals who ransacked...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

£250,000 bill for firm illegally converting house into flats to let

A building firm that carried out illegal building work to create homes to let has been hit with a £250,000 confiscation...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

It's here - controversial scheme requiring letting agents to be trained

Rent Smart Wales, a controversial scheme that require letting agents to be trained, comes into effect today after a troubled lead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents consulted over London councils' licensing extensions

Brent council in London is seeking the views of agents- as well as landlords, tenants and others - on the extension...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence after failure to check rental gas fittings

A landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence following his failure to maintain or check the gas fittings in one of his properties. A...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency staff member who stole £21,000 in deposits walks free from court

A Bairstow Eves letting agent who stole over £21,000 in tenants’ deposits over two years to pay her own payday loan...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Are punishments getting bigger? £300,000 bill for two rogue landlords

Two landlords must pay a combined total of over £300,000 following legal action by a central London council.    Westminster council claimed that...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent who stole thousands from clients has sentence appeal dismissed

A letting agent who stole more than £400,000 from clients has had her sentence appeal dismissed by judges. Amy Williams, who part-owned Williams...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Property investor jailed for fraud following HMRC investigation

A self-employed property investor and caterer who stole over £70,000 in a tax credit fraud, has been jailed.   Khalid Farid, 59, from...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Research smokes out worst areas for cannabis farming in rented flats

The problem of cannabis ‘farmers’ using privately rented properties to mass-produce the drug is at its worst in the West Midlands,...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Police seek help after break-in at letting agency office

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a letting agency was broken into over the weekend.   At some point between 4.30pm...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Council halts private rental licensing idea after overwhelming hostility

A local council has halted proposals to introduce a licensing regime for a town’s privately let properties after what a newspaper called...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Huge £100,000 bill for investor who built rental flats without consent

Havering council has successfully prosecuted a landlord who must now pay £101,300 for building illegal flats at her property. Jaghtar Khaira was...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Man escapes prison after battering letting agent over the head

A chef who is reported to have battered a letting agent over the head with a cricket bat in a row...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Fake landlord claim and false HMO documents lead to prison term

A 24-year-old from Luton has been jailed after being found guilty of six counts of fraud in relation to obtaining properties...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent jailed for 10 months after stealing £27,000 from landlords

A letting agent who closed his New Malden firm leaving 17 landlords some £27,000 out of pocket has been jailed for...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence for managing agent who cemented over water supply

A managing agent who tried to force out his tenants by filling the stopcock chamber with cement so that they would...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency used as cover for vast cannabis farming network

A trio of criminals have been jailed for 18 years after using the cover of a lettings agency to allow them...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings firms and gang of chancers hit with £79,000 fines and costs

Lettings companies and an organised group of criminals described as a “gang of chancers” have been hit with fines and costs...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenant's attack on letting agent 'was ignored by police'

A tenant has been found guilty of an assault of a letting agency staff member and has been ordered to do...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Police clampdown on 'gangster' lettings sector money laundering

Police in Scotland are clamping down on what they call “gangster landlords” who are using the lettings sector for money laundering.  A...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Fraud charges faced by former letting agent now add up to £255,000

The ongoing court case involving a former letting agent has now heard that the nine cases of fraud being considered allegedly...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent who tried to cheat woman, 89, pleads guilty to fraud

A lettings and sales agent has admitted to a court that he tried to cheat an elderly pensioner by buying her flat...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Jail for businessman who didn't tell HMRC about £259,000 property income

A businessman has been jailed for two years for failing to declare and pay tax on income he received from his...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

10 years in jail for rent collector who deliberately drove over tenant

A man has been jailed for 10 years for deliberately running over a tenant during a heated row over a rent...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Council brands property manager unscrupulous in HMO licensing case

A local authority has issued a press release branding a landlord as “unscrupulous” after he was ordered to pay £7,300 in...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Call for ban on letting agents' boards near university campus

There’s been a call to ban letting boards from streets near a university campus. Councillors in York say the boards which go...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent and landlord fined over unlicensed HMO

A landlord and his letting agent who failed to declare they were operating a series of bedsits at an address in...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent signs up to new database identifying illegally sub-let properties

A council has set up an anti-fraud tool to prevent social housing being illegally sub-let under the pretence of being private...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord gets £23,000 bill after string of safety breaches

A rogue landlord has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £3,343 costs as well as a victim surcharge of £120...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Council says it wanted stiffer sentence for 'harassment' landlord

An Oxford landlord has been convicted of unlawfully evicting a tenant after “a campaign of sustained harassment”. Riasat Ali was ordered to...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Huge £400,000 bill for landlord letting flats without planning consent

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £400,000 after converting a property into flats without permission. Gilbert Garrick let the...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Big fine for landlord who failed to ensure basic fire precautions

The landlord of a rental property in Harrogate has been fined over £8,200 after pleading guilty to two offences under the Regulatory...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord faces £15,000 bill after tenants' complaints

A landlord whose Home in Multiple Occupation was closed down by the local council has been left with a court bill...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Warning to students to avoid scam online agents and landlords

New student tenants have been urged to be vigilent and not fall victim to fake online letting agents and landlords. The National...

04 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency's mystery closure - man arrested

Police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud following the closure of east of England letting agency Kirby...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let guru to stand as Police Commissioner

Fergus Wilson, the controversial buy to let guru who reportedly owns around 1,000 rental properties, is to stand for Police and...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Couple to pay £75,000 for letting homes without consent

A couple from Cambridgeshire have been fined £10,000 and ordered to hand over in excess of £75,000 after repeatedly renting out...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Convicted stalker denied licence for buy to let property

A local authority has refused to issue a private landlord licence after it was revealed the applicant had a conviction for...

29 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord pays out thousands after illegal eviction

A landlord has been ordered to pay a fine and costs of £2,925 for unlawfully evicting a tenant from a house...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings database reveals England's most convicted landlord

The publication Environmental Health News has secured the release of files showing the details of hundreds of convicted private landlords in...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Heartless mugger didn't bank on letting agent Holly...

An assistant lettings agency manager in Pinner, Middlesex, has been praised by police after her brave response to witnessing an elderly...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: The rise of agent-rating websites

The rising phenomenon of agent-rating and review websites is a topic that seems to have caused considerable division and controversy among...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Letting agent renews appeal for help after arson attack

A lettings and sales agent in the Midlands has renewed his appeal for help following an apparent arson attack on his...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for fire safety breaches

A student landlord has been sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay over £12,400 after pleading guilty to...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Father and son rogue landlords fined over HMO

Father and son rogue landlords have been fined for failing to register their property as a house in multiple occupancy. Sabbir and...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Clerk replaces thief in letting agency - then steals money herself

A letting agency accounts clerk recruited to replace an employee dismissed because of theft has now herself been found guilty of...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord who tried to sue newspaper is guilty of fraud

The journalism website HoldTheFrontPage says a landlord who tried to sue a weekly newspaper for defamation over its coverage of a...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent's delight after fraud allegations dismissed by police

An agent wrongly accused of fraud has described the “hell” he went through following allegations that money had been stolen from...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Introducing the ‘Poldark Effect’

Poldark, a period drama recently on the BBC, has inspired a new trend dubbed the 'Poldark Effect'.  Rather than an increase in...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Fat lady sings for operatic rogue landlord

A landlord described as a professional opera singer has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 for refusing to comply with...

14 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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