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KEYWORD "Police" - 120 RESULTS
Tenants’ biggest election issue? Well, it’s not housing...

One might have thought that if private rental tenants were as badly treated as some people suggest, housing would be their...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t scrap licensing, streamline it says accreditation scheme

The safeagent accreditation scheme says the next government should not scrap landlord licensing as some trade groups have requested, but should...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

“Not enough!” - new cash to police rental sector deemed insufficient

A leading trade body says the government’s latest injection of funds to help local councils root out rogue operators in the...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Pervert photo request leads to landlord being denied a licence

A landlord who made a perverted request to take photographs of a teenager in her underwear has had his request for...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Short Lets and Brothels: police force warns agents and landlords

A police force has issued a warning to agents and owners of short-let properties to look for signs of modern slavery...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Cannabis alert for private rental sector as electricity thefts surge

New analysis by Direct Line for Business reveals a surge in the number of police investigations into the theft of electricity,...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Best agents should demonstrate  compliance to expose rogue operators

A call has been made for the best letting agencies and other rental sector professionals to show how they comply with...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Police raid smokes out cannabis farm and string of lettings problems

A joint operation between Avon and Somerset Police and North Somerset council has uncovered a string of issues connected with rental...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Police want landlords to share information about tenants

Police in South Shields have called for the sharing of information about tenants in HMOs - and a council is considering...

29 August 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

New regulatory body for Fees Ban likely to clamp down hard

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it backs a new Trading Standards-led body which will enforce the Fees Ban starting  on...

18 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

18-month probe into HMOs ends with fine for rogue operator

An 18 month probe by different authorities has led to a £4,000 fine for an HMO owner in the Highlands. The local...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent breaches human rights, High Court rules

The High Court has ruled that the government’s Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law. Under the Right to Rent landlords are...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Red Card for Red Light agent who ran a brothel rented from his firm

The head of a Hertfordshire lettings agency has pleaded guilty to managing a brothel, according to a statement from the police. He’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Council admits it: 'We don't have staff to police private rental sector'

A local authority in the Midlands has admitted what many people have believed for some time - despite a slew of...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Beds In Sheds scandal - 19 tenants found at four bedroom property

Council enforcement officers have raided a house in Wembley, north London, and found 19 tenants paying a landlord £1,000 a week. Brent council’s...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Council in media probe blames government for 'rogue' payments

A council accused of paying over £500,000 to a landlord it had already ruled as unfit to rent out property is...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour council ‘to prioritise which landlords to penalise’

A controversial Labour-controlled local authority which already has 91 per cent of its private rental properties inside licensing schemes is now...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mystery over missing agent being probed by trading standards

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a letting agent who appears not to be in any redress scheme, is being investigated by...

14 January 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

Big penalty for owners of buy to let property shut down by the police

The owner of a buy to let property already shut by police has been fined by a court in Devon.  In June...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing. Figures...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils slammed for failing to police their own schemes

Two thirds of local authorities in England and Wales brought no prosecutions against private landlords in 2017/18 according to research by the...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock call to agents: Wear a body camera when you meet tenants

The controversial landlord Fergus Wilson says he has purchased a Body Worn Camera for £75 in a bid to avoid at...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency sued for £1.4m after harassment of tenant

A former City marketing executive is suing a lettings agency for £1.4m in a row over alleged harassment in 2010. Agent Caroline...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£20m property investment Ponzi scheme shut down by High Court

A property investment company operating a Ponzi scheme based on claims of capital appreciation and rental income has been shut down...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Protest follows agency owner's refusal to sign 'pledge' document

The head of a lettings agency has refused to sign a pledge document put to him by a protest group - and...

01 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

Corbyn's council clamps down after 35 tenants found in just four flats

Two private landlords have been found guilty of managing Houses in Multiple Occupation with dangerous and sub-standard conditions, following a successful...

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

Council acts against agent and says tenants pay through the nose

A lettings agent described as ‘rogue’ by a London council, along with two lettings companies, have been heavily fined for operating...

19 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

More red tape? Labour gives top-level support for 'mandatory register'

Shadow housing minister John Healey has given his backing to a Labour MP’s attempt to introduce a mandatory national register for...

11 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

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Right To Rent: date set for full High Court challenge

The government’s controversial Right To Rent policy is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas. It was announced in...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Caught on camera: Council allows TV to film raid on unlicensed HMO

A London council has agreed to a TV crew taking part in a raid on an overcrowded and unlicensed HMO. The surprise...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Five-figure fine for breaching conditions of London lettings licence

A London landlord has been ordered to pay over £13,000 for breaching the conditions of his licence as a result of...

01 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

Jailed: the letting agent whose inaction led to two boys' deaths

A letting agent responsible for a property in Huddersfield which caught fire and killed two young boys has been jailed for...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent For Sex - legal expert wants government action now

A respected property lawyer says she wants a change in the law to prevent unscrupulous landlords from offering accommodation in return for sex.  Liz...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Arson - police treat lettings agency fire as suspicious

A newspaper in Northumbria says local police are treating a fire at a lettings agency as a deliberate arson attack. Police are...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court go ahead for Judicial Review of Right To Rent

The High Court has this afternoon agreed to allow a judicial review of the government’s Right to Rent policy. Right to Rent...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Police and council probe lettings property riddled with safety issues

West Midlands Police and Birmingham council teamed up to investigate a property in the city which was riddled with health and...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome mandatory qualification, new regulator and code of practice

Letting agents have responded with enthusiasm to the government’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the industry would in future have...

03 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

Criminals hurl concrete block through agent's front window

A group of criminals threw a large concrete block through a window to gain access to an estate and letting agency. The...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent stole over £350,000 of deposits to fund lavish lifestyle

The director of a lettings agency who who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds to spend on holidays and other luxuries...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Supervision order after campaign of harassment against letting agent

A man is reported to have launched “a campaign of harassment” against a lettings agent just an hour after signing a...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sector pessimistic ahead of the Budget

After the series of anti-buy to let measures contained in recent Budgets, it is perhaps unsurprising that a survey of landlords...

21 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

Dawn raid finds shocking 35-man overcrowding in three-bed house

A dawn raid on a home in north London has discovered 35 men bedding down on mattresses in every room except...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How Agents Can Recoup Losses from the Ban on Letting Agent Fees

According to recent government figures, the average letting agent’s fee is £223 and 4.3 million householders pay this amount or thereabouts...

14 September 2017

From: Sponsored Content

'Poor enforcement of fee display is letting down tenants' - RLA

The government is being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to do more to enforce compulsory fee disclosure. Since May 2015,...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid reveals shocking London private rental overcrowding

Council officers discovered men living mattress to mattress inside a run-down flat above a commercial premises during a dawn raid.   Police and...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Inquest into well known agent hears of missing rent money

An inquest into the suicide of a well known local estate agent in the West Country has heard that there had...

03 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

Majority of councils failing to police compulsory fee disclosure

Research by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has identified that some 93% of local authorities have failed to issue a...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Manchester bomber reported to have stayed at short let apartment

Media reports suggest the Manchester Arena bomber was renting a short-let property in the centre of the city before he committed...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to comment on London borough's licensing scheme

Another London borough is consulting on a further extension of its existing selective licensing - this time it’s Harrow council. It wants...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord calls in police after To Let boards vandalised

The controversial landlord who made provocative remarks about some tenants leaving ‘curry smells’ in his properties is now complaining to the...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

£15,000 fine for failing to license and manage HMO

A landlady has been fined £15,000 for failing to license and manage a house in multiple occupation.    Sharon Jacobs was also ordered...

13 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

Landlord facing prosecution for housing 18 tenants in dangerous property

A landlord is facing prosecution for failing to comply with various HMO regulations.  For the last two days, Paul Turner has appeared...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Prohibition Order served on flat with Gurkha veteran tenant

A Prohibition Order has been served on the owner of a flat being let to an elderly couple - one of...

20 January 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

Pop-up brothels 'using privately rented apartments' say police

No fewer than 14 ‘pop up brothels’ have been discovered in one seaside town in six months, with all of them...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'How about a list of rogue tenants?' asks leading journalist

A leading personal finance journalist - and a former editor of Landlord Today - has used the columns of right wing...

03 January 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

'Missing' letting agent in police probe issues statement after stroke

A letting agent whose office closure prompted a police investigation has issued a statement saying she has had a stroke.   The agency, Drake...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales is 'unenforceable fiasco' claims trade group

The Residential Landlords Association has roasted the enforcement policies and provisions for the controversial Rent Smart Wales initiative which begins in...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Large £105m scheme is latest Build To Rent scheme in pipeline

Specialist Build To Rent developer Moda has announced a large scheme on the site of a former police headquarters in Scotland...

03 November 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

Five-figure bill after HMO deemed to put tenants' lives at risk

A Norwich landlord has been prosecuted “for putting lives at risk” according to the local council.  Piang Fui Pun has pleaded guilty...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Have you been scammed by fake 'Red Brick Estate' letting agent?

The Thames Valley Police says it wants to speak to a man in connection with an investigation in which a number of...

30 August 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

Shocking case of 28 people crammed into illegally-converted house

A landlord who illegally converted a house to squeeze 28 tenants into just seven rooms has been handed a £20,000 fine...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Police raid on HMO leads to prosecution and £5,000-plus bill

There has been yet another prosecution over an unsafe house in multiple occupation.   Syed Masum Ali appeared in Stafford Magistrates Court and...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Early morning raids on HMOs as part of police and council clampdown

There was a series of raids on HMOs led by a local authority early one morning at the end of last...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting: Council wins landmark case against landlord

A landlord has been prosecuted for both illegal sub-letting and illegal eviction at the same time - an occurrence which is...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Councils condemned by trade body over poor lettings regulations

The Residential Landlords’ Association has revealed what it calls “worryingly low levels of enforcement of rented housing regulations” by local authorities. Using...

29 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

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

Letting agency uses Twitter to disown comments by branch manager

A London lettings has tweeted that it does not share the view of one of its own branch managers who said...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

No police action over letting agency closure with loss of £130,000

No action is to be taken over a lettings agency which has closed leaving landlords and tenants with a reported combined loss...

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

Advertising watchdog bans ad by controversial 'sting' letting agency

A letting agency that has been the subject of a BBC investigation and has gone into liquidation in controversial circumstances has...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Police urge letting agents to look for signs of 'modern slavery'

Letting agents are being urged to help tackle what the police are calling “modern slavery” happening in communities across Britain.  Modern slavery...

04 December 2015

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

Half of city's HMOs not part of council's failed licensing system

One council’s attempt to crack down on rogue landlords has been branded a "complete failure" because half of its HMOs are...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Brothels raided to hold landlords to account over properties

A series of raids on privately let properties in the westcountry appear to have taken place as a way of holding...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents say new law would make it harder to control anti-social tenants

New legislation designed to reform Scotland’s private rental sector could make it harder for agents and landlords to tackle anti-social behaviour...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Police want to use private rental voids as 'traps' for criminals

A police force is appealling to landlords and letting agents to allow their void privately-let properties to be used as potential...

28 October 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

Letting agency gives warnings about bogus letting agent entering houses

Elgin Management letting agency in Liverpool is warning tenants following an incident when a bogus letting agent entered the home of...

22 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

Drunk letting agent reported to have lied about his name

A letting agent is reported to have lied to police about his name when he was tracked down by officers investigating...

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Lawful tenants refused housing because of Right To Rent

Right To Rent immigration checks is leading to a situation where lawful tenants are being refused housing according to the Residential...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed after taking rents, deposits and wages

A letting agent who fled Britain to India, leaving landlords and tenants out of pocket and his staff’s wages unpaid, has...

04 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Murder hunt for tenant after landlord goes missing

The police says it is continuing to investigate the disappearance of 59-year-old Alec Warburton, a Swansea landlord. Detectives are carrying out a...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Beds In Sheds scandal - 55 people found in three properties

Enforcement officers have swooped on three addresses in east London in the latest bid to clampdown on rogue landlords and so-called...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent foils armed robbers - police appeal for help

The owner of a Leeds lettings agent fought back when masked men armed with a hammer, baton and metal bar raided...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Angry protest at council bid to extend £940 licensing

There have been angry scenes at a consultation meeting as a local authority seeks to extend its licensing scheme - thought...

07 August 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

Agents warned of trafficked tenants with false documents

The police have told letting agents and landlords that they are in a unique position to spot - and prevent -...

31 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds fate of 'closed' letting agency

Mystery surrounds the fate of Kirby Property Management, a letting agency with offices at Cambourne, Cambridge and St Neots in the...

31 July 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

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

Sub-letting scams to be exposed on TV tomorrow

Channel 5 tomorrow airs the first episode of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords, a six-part series which starts with the story of...

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent lashes out at bad tenants

A north of England letting agent has made an outspoken attack on “bad tenants’ who hide behind apparent “legal loopholes.” Tariq Zarin...

12 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

Landlord who tried to blame tenant jailed for cannabis production

A landlord has been jailed for four years for cultivating cannabis. Sixty-year-old James Sullivan was thought to have been overseeing the cultivation...

10 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned to remain vigilant for cannabis production

Landlords and agents are being warned to remain vigilant as new figures reveal the extent of cannabis cultivation in the UK.  Direct...

05 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Reaction: The Immigration Bill and immigration checks

"Stop right there. Hands above your head. Don't move. Mavis, dial 999." Mr D Smith (MARLA, NFoPP) removes his Glock 19...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Landlord attacked by illegal immigrant tenant

A landlord was punched and kicked by a tenant and then had a bowl of spaghetti thrown at his head.  Rashid Bomedian,...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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