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KEYWORD "Fraud" - 104 RESULTS
Lord Alan Sugar’s ‘home’ used in Airbnb short let scam

Apprentice star Lord Alan Sugar has warned about the dangers of short let scams after an American family was apparently conned out...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency at heart of money laundering crimes

Three criminals have been sentenced after pleading guilty to money laundering involving an online lettings agency. The sentences follow an investigation spearheaded...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue tenants can cost £40,000 to £100,000 to evict, warns top agent

Research by London agency Benham and Reeves says the cumulative cost of a landlord suffering a bad tenant and then evicting...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let con-man must pay back £48,000 rent or go to prison

A man who claimed he needed a council house but was actually a landlord has been ordered to pay back more...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets: £100k fine for Airbnb ‘sub-let’ and another council starts probe

A council tenant has been fined £100,000 and evicted because he let out his flat via Airbnb.  The Times reports that Toby...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for greater referencing technology to improve detection of fraud

Eviction expert Paul Shamplina has urged letting agents and referencing companies to invest in technology to improve fraud detection. The call comes...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in landlords declaring unpaid tax following HMRC crackdown

The number of landlords admitting to not paying tax has soared in the past year, according to new data. During 2018/2019, 16,110...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Fake rental applications on the rise as fraudsters up their game

The number of fake or fraudulent rental applications is on the rise, with landlords and letting agents being fooled by a...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent falsified tenancies in bid to dodge council tax

A director of a lettings agency has been fined for creating false tenancies in a bid to avoid paying council tax...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting tenants caught on camera and to be on TV tonight

More nightmare tenants have been the subject of investigation in a Channel 5 TV programme to be shown this evening. In the...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

MP to intervene over wound-up lettings agency owing £30,000

An MP says he will raise with local police chiefs a series of claims from landlords and tenants concerning a lettings...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Snoopers’ Charter - people urged to inform about ‘illegal lettings’

A local authority has written to purchasers of former council houses and apartments warning them against illegally letting them out -...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent admits conning clients to pay money into personal bank account

A former employee of Martin & Co has admitted operating a fraud scheme that involved agency clients paying money into his...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act to be used against jailed agents, council confirms

Cornwall council has confirmed that it’s to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to try to win compensation for victims of...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mother-and-daughter agent fraudsters told to expect jail time

Mother and daughter lettings agency fraudsters have been told to expect jail sentences after defrauding landlords and tenants of £266,000 over...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental fraud warning after shocking scam attempts

Prospective tenants are being warned about a fraud scam that cons people into paying an advance fee to rent a property. The...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent had a Land Rover, Porsche and a Florida home

A crooked letting agent took £220,000 from tenants and landlords and has been exposed as buying a home in Florida, renting...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech can help prevent fraud – here’s how

Sometimes, running a lettings agency can feel as if you’re losing control of client money. Recent cases of property management fraud such...

07 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

NALS welcomes prison sentences for three rogue letting agents

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has taken the unusual step of commenting on, and welcoming, the outcome of a court case...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

On the fiddle: Massive buy to let fraud exposed in court

The Daily Mail has reported on a massive buy to let fiddle which involved a £10.8m property empire, rents totalling £500,000...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency caught up in sub-let scandal of homes let on Airbnb

The Daily Mail has unveiled an extensive network of homes advertised on Airbnb but actually being sub-let by tenants who are...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Guilty! Crooked lettings agent convicted of £20,000 fraud

A crooked lettings agent who illegally pocketed tenants’ deposits to pay for his gambling addiction and lavish lifestyle has been convicted...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

Three letting agents who failed to return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent payments to landlords have been convicted of fraud...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent arrested on fraud and theft charges after media probe

A lettings agency owner in Norfolk has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and theft following a newspaper probe. Earlier this year...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent admits taking over £220,000 from clients

A former lettings agent in Plymouth has finally admitted taking hundreds of thousands of pounds from tenants and landlords - the...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency boss admits hundreds of thousands in fraud and theft charges

The former owner of a lettings agency has admitted charges of fraud, false accounting and theft involving some hundreds of thousands...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Jail for men who 'made up' VAT returns for franchise lettings branch

A man who submitted false VAT returns for the Lincoln franchise branch of Martin & Co for a period of six...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock claim by senior agent of air of criminality in lettings industry

One of Scotland’s top lettings agents is warning of “an air of criminality” in the rental industry north of the border. His...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Uproar after police say they're not investigating missing agent

There has been a furious response from landlords and tenants to a police letter which says a local force is not...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing lettings agent and missing money - new call for police action

There’s a growing call for more police action over tracing a lettings agent who is apparently missing - as is some...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Start-up snapped up - Movem bought by HomeLet parent firm

Barbon Insurance Group, which trades as HomeLet and Rentshield Direct, has now snapped up Movem. Movem uses personal online banking transaction data...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery as established agent goes to ground owing furious clients thousands

A letting agent operating in Cambridgeshire has seemingly 'gone to ground', owing landlords and tenants thousands of pounds. Frank Smart, who has...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fraud probe launched against agent which owes thousands to clients

The police have launched a fraud probe against a Norfolk estate agency which closed in June.  The Eastern Daily Press (EDP) reports...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Jailed for five years: the agent who stole £700,000 from clients

A letting agent who stole a reported £700,000 from clients has been jailed for five years and has been described by...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency conned out of £34,000 by employee

The former office manager of an estate agency in Scunthorpe conned her employer out of over £34,000, a court has heard. Local...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

False gas safety certificates issued for lettings properties

A gas safety engineer has pleaded guilty with a landlord of falsifying gas safety certificates for a string of private rental...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Call for agents to use PropTech to help clean up their act

A leading PropTech entrepreneur has renewed his call for letting agents to use more technology to clean up their act when...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

200 hours of unpaid work for buy to let investor who fiddled council tax

A council tax fraud totaling over £2,800 across three properties and over six years has resulted in the buy to let...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent faces theft and fraud charges involving hundreds of thousands

The owner of a Plymouth lettings agency is to stand trial in November and faces charges of fraud, false accounting and...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals letting agents' mandatory qualification and code of conduct

The government has this morning - Easter Sunday - announced a crackdown on rogue letting agents in the shape of a...

01 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency bosses on fraud and related charges amounting to £450,000

The former owner and director of a Plymouth lettings agency are to stand trial on charges of fraud, false accounting and...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in thefts of tenants' cash, says campaigning letting agent

Crooked landlords and letting agents were convicted of stealing £1,162,037 of tenant’s cash in 2017 – a rise of 14 per...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of fraud threat as scammers target Facebook groups

We’re grateful to The Property Group, an agency in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, for alerting us to an incident involving its Mayfair Town...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake letting agent is finally arrested - a month after being sentenced to jail

A fake agent who made thousands from letting out rooms that didn’t exist has been arrested - a month after being...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent accused of fraud, false accounting and theft amounting to £450,000

The former director of a lettings agency in Plymouth is to appear in court in March facing charges of fraud, false...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Criminal letting agent spared jail after stealing over £7,600 from tenants

A letting agent has been spared jail despite stealing over £7,600 from tenants to subsidise his failing business.  Simon Cawley, from Kingsbridge...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation shows strong support for lettings sector 'banning orders'

Figures released by the government show huge support for the extension of the offences under which agents and landlords may in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online database of rogue agents 'will save lives' say fire chiefs

The new online database identifying rogue letting agents and landlords will save lives according to the London Fire Brigade. We wrote about...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent fuelling massive ID fraud, BBC investigation reveals

The BBC says Right To Rent legislation is fuelling a burgeoning market in fake IDs - in some cases creating access...

17 October 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

Agency boss on fraud and money laundering charges is re-bailed until 2018

The director of a Plymouth letting agency has been re-bailed and will appear in court again in January.    Heather Crabb, owner of...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents should beware growing ID fraud, warns reference provider

Reference provider Rent4sure says agents should beware of the growing issue of online identity fraud, especially hitting people in their 30s.   A...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Protect your landlords with Reference Plus

A 3-in-1 referencing solution to help agents secure safer tenancies. Rent4sure’s 3-in-1 referencing solution has been specifically designed to help agents secure...

03 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Lettings campaigner says latest fraud scandal must prompt action by police

A property campaigner says the failure of the police to investigate a lettings agent who was eventually convicted of fraud after...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA to offer landlords free advertising through TheHouseShop

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has agreed a partnership with property marketplace TheHouseShop. The website is now one of the NLA's recognised...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents targeted by fraudulent email scammers

Mydeposits says it is aware of a new scam from what it calls “a fraudulent company” imitating mydeposits and getting in...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals tenants' shocking lack of knowledge about renting

A survey of 1,000 tenants and landlords has provided evidence of what many agents already know - that the growing complexity...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent on bail after theft and fraud charges

The director of a letting agency in Devon has been released on bail until June 2.   In November and December, Letting Agent...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory MP wants action as Trading Standards begin agency probe

Conservative MP Oliver Colvile is calling for urgent action following a recent spate of fraud involving rogue letting agents.   When approached by...

15 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

Agent reported arrested on fraud and money laundering charges

A local newspaper says a Plymouth lettings agent has been arrested by police on suspicion of theft, fraud and money laundering.    Last...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Jail sentences for fake letting agents after elaborate scam

Three men have received prison sentences of up to 28 months after a nationwide lettings scam was unearthed by trading standards...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Stolen £1m is just the tip of the iceberg says angry agent

Crooked letting agencies have been convicted of stealing £1,018,100 of deposits this year alone – and one agent claims this figure...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence for rogue agent after £157,000 fraud con

An estate agent from Devon who conned landlords, tenants and even his friends out of a total of £157,250 has been...

11 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

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

BBC probe says 'struck off' landlords exploiting vulnerable tenants

The BBC is claiming that vulnerable families are being exploited by rogue landlords in Glasgow - including in the constituency for...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry groups firmly behind call for mandatory Client Money Protection

Several influential industry bodies have thrown their weight behind a review into whether Client Money Protection should be mandatory for letting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents have until October 3 to comment on Client Money Protection

Letting agents and others in the industry have until October 3 to respond to a new review in to Client Money...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Prison and huge fine after war of intimidation waged on tenants

A landlord who waged what a local authority describes as “a war of intimidation” against tenants living in his property has...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA steps up call for agents' compulsory accreditation to combat fraud

ARLA is stepping up its call for letting agents to have professional qualifications in a bid to combat fraud.   In a contribution...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A message to the public: Speak out against rogue letting agents

The Local Government Association, representing 370 councils across England and Wales, is calling on the public to speak out against rogue...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Long prison sentence for letting agent guilty of con trick

  A letting agent who scammed dozens of tenants and landlords out of more than £220,000 of rents and deposits has been...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent dodges prison sentence after admitting £30,000 fraud

A former letting agent has received a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to ten counts of fraud. Nicholas Dowse, also known...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent jailed after admitting 13 fraud charges against tenants

A letting agent has been jailed after reportedly tricking students into paying deposits totalling thousands of pounds for flats they could...

06 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

SAFEagent demands: 'Reveal how much is repaid when client money is stolen'

Compulsory client money protection kitemark organisation SAFEagent says the lettings industry should be making public just how much is paid out...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Six letting agents plead not guilty to string of fraud charges

Six letting agents have all pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud. The Ham & High says they were all employees of...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Police and local council investigate sudden closure of agency

A letting agency is being investigated by a local council and the police after it closed suddenly last month. Dukes Letting Department,...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency welcomes sentence for manager in forged tenancies case

Andrews Property Group says it welcomes the sentence imposed on one of its branch managers after a long-running court case involving...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body to meet with Gumtree over 'fake lettings ads' scandal

The internet classified listings service Gumtree will meet with the Residential Landlords Association to discuss scams in which fraudsters posing as...

07 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

Letting agent guilty of nine fraud offences involving £157,250

A former letting agent has pleaded guilty of nine offences of fraud involving the retention of deposits and rents belonging to...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group asks Gumtree to issue public warning over letting scams

An industry body has asked classified listings online service Gumtree to issue its users clear warnings about possible scams involving fake...

19 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

Letting agent may be jailed after clients paid rent into personal account

A letting agent has been told he faces a possible jail sentence after admitting stealing thousands of pounds from tenants. The Manchester...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent says he's suing over BBC's Rogue Traders feature

A letting agent featured on a BBC Watchdog ‘Rogue Traders’ show has told a local newspaper that he is pursuing legal...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New lettings laws likely: minimum bedroom size and HMOs redefined

The government is proposing a national minimum bedroom size and a re-defining of what constitutes a House in Multiple Occupation in...

09 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

BBC Rogue Traders sting on letting agency that has voluntarily liquidated

Letting Agent Today last week reported on Lancaster Property Network Management when it went into voluntary liquidation - now the agency...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Student lettings agency manager says he will cooperate with police probe

The manager of a Lancaster letting agency dealing chiefly with students says he will co-operate with any police investigation into his...

16 October 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

Court appearance tomorrow for agents on fraud charges

Two agents charged with fraud are expected to appear in court tomorrow Martin Marcus and Nadim Khan will appear at Harrow Crown...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

TV clash between rogue agent and landlord owed £20,000

The latest episode of Channel 5’s Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords programme will tonight show how a rogue letting agent in a...

08 July 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

200 hours community work and £7k fines in fraud documents case

A private landlord who provided false documents and endangered the lives of his tenants has been ordered to undertake 200 hours’...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Brothels, cannabis, fake tenancies and the letting agent

A former Andrews letting agent and his ex-girlfriend are reported to have pleaded guilty to forging tenancy applications for properties which...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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