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Trading Standards inspection cracks down on non-compliance

Monday 30 September 2019

After an investigation held by Trading Standards, 67 letting agents’ websites were checked and only 14 were found to be compliant with the law by displaying their fees.

Those 53 letting agents whose websites were not compliant with legal requirements are now under investigation as their websites fail to state what fees they may charge tenants and landlords.

Brent and Harrow Trading Standards are also cracking down on letting agents that are not registered with approved money protection schemes or registered with a redress scheme.

The Trading Standards team has sent 293 advisory letters to letting agents across both boroughs warning agents of the actions they need to take.

Officers have also carried out inspections of 49 letting offices in Brent and Harrow.

Nine businesses have been issued with financial penalty notices, and six have received formal written warnings. Others are still under investigation.

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) is working with local authorities and the six approved CMP providers to spot those who have not signed up as well as those not displaying their chosen scheme by providing a step-by-step guide to the legalities and requirements of regulating letting agents.

Trading Standards Officers have the enforcement to impose fines of up to £5,000 for any firm that fails to display this information.

Simon Legg, Head of Brent and Harrow Trading Standards, said: “Often agents try to blame their web programmers for errors, but it’s the agents’ responsibility to check that their websites’ content is correct.

“We advise businesses to be proactive in this respect and schedule regular spot checks to ensure everything is being displayed as they expect.”

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: “It’s important for landlords and renters to understand their rights, to avoid being ripped off by unscrupulous letting agents.

“It is renters’ legal right to have their money protected in a certified scheme and to be able to escalate complaints if needed.

“We will go after letting agents that break the rules, just as we go after rogue landlords who exploit vulnerable tenants.”

Under the Tenant Fees Act 2019, which came into force on June 1, agents are banned from charging all but a small handful of fees.

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ARLA Propertymark members can access a range of resources in order to help them comply with industry changes and obligations under legislative changes.

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    - Tenant Fees Act (10 fact sheets)
    - Consumer Rights Act 2015 Displaying Fees
  • Tenant Fees Toolkit including:
    - 10 Practical Tips
    - Tenant Guide
    - Fact Sheets

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