Shocking rogue letting agents figures are ‘proof we need mandatory regulation’ says ARLA

first_imgShocking figures from London Trading Standards that reveal 46% of the capital’s 1,922 letting agents inspected by officers were non-compliant with consumer rights or redress scheme membership legislation are proof that mandatory registration and training for agents is a good idea, ARLA has claimed.“We’re really pleased to see Trading Standards prosecuting bad practice in the industry; it’s the only way to clean up the sector and we’ve been calling for it for a long time,” says David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark.“It’s also why we have been calling on the Government to regulate letting agents and are pleased that plans are well underway for mandatory registration and training for all letting agents.”Fines and prosecutionsLondon Trading Standards also revealed that over the past 15 months agents in the capital have been fined, collectively, £1.2 million for non-compliance with regulations, and that 14 criminal prosecutions have been completed.“Boroughs are cracking down on rogue letting agents to protect tenants from unfair treatment. As the research shows, this poses a serious challenge in London, where housing pressures are so severe and a significant number of letting agents have been breaking the rules,” says Cllr. Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ Executive Member for Housing and Planning and Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council.The enforcement survey by London Trading Standards shows that there were over 6,000 letting agents operating across the capital and over 1,000 complaints about them.Read more about rogue letting agent regulation in London.     London trading standards rogue letting agent September 16, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Shocking rogue letting agents figures are ‘proof we need mandatory regulation’ says ARLA previous nextRegulation & LawShocking rogue letting agents figures are ‘proof we need mandatory regulation’ says ARLAIndustry association says policing and prosecution of dodgy lettings in London by Trading Standards is long overdue and shows mandatory training and registration are needed.Nigel Lewis16th September 20190680 Viewslast_img read more