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21 Nov 2023
Student landlord hit by £43,000 in licensing fees

Middlesborough Council who issued the charges has defended it by saying each of the 52 flats in Linthorpe Hall 248 are eligible for the fee under their current selective licensing scheme, which began in 2019.

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03 Oct 2023
Property court to join new unified tribunal system

A Welsh Government White Paper has set out plans to consolidate nine devolved tribunals into a single coherent system which includes both First-Tier and Appeal tribunals. The reforms are intended to create a structure that is easier for users to navigate, allows better management of cases, and more effective use of resources.

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21 Sep 2023
Agency fined for managing an unlicensed property

A property management and letting agency in Enfield received a £7,500 fine and was ordered to pay £1,299 in costs with an additional £2,000 victim surcharge (a total of £10,799), during a recent sentencing hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court.

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04 Sep 2023
Unscrupulous landlords face fines exceeding a quarter of a million pounds

The two unconnected cases have resulted in penalties for failing to follow planning rules and ignoring instructions from Ealing Council's planning enforcement team and if the fines aren't paid within three months, the landlords risk a prison sentence.

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11 Jul 2023
No hiding for agencies that don’t have client money protection

Fines totalling £12,000 have been handed out to six letting agents in the London Borough of Haringey after a crackdown by Trading Standards.

10 Jul 2023
No tolerance for HMO failings with huge fines issued

Two separate investigations in Camden and Mansfield involving unlicensed Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) led to sanctions for landlords and agents. West Northamptonshire is the latest council to announce a crackdown on unregulated and poorly managed properties.

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09 Mar 2022
Regulation checks to keep agents credible

Propertymark’s Compliance Team carried out 1,762 checks on member agents’ websites in 2021 to raise the industry standards and help members be compliant and avoid enforcement penalties.

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04 Mar 2022
New legislation to increase council tax premiums on second homes

From 1 April 2023 local authorities in Wales can increase council tax premiums on second homes and long-term empty properties by 300 per cent.

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28 Feb 2022
UK Government brings forward Economic Crime Bill

The UK Government has accelerated a bill designed to prevent the laundering of ‘dirty money’ in the UK’s housing markets by introducing a register of overseas entities that highlights the owners of international companies that own properties and land in the UK.

04 Oct 2021
Landlord pays tenants £2,400 after wrongful termination

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber ruled in favour of the tenants after landlord falsely claimed he wanted to live in the property.

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29 Apr 2021
Exclusions from TPO emphasise the importance of regulation

Three property agents across the UK have been excluded from the TPO for failing to pay outstanding awards. This shows how it continues to be crucial to improve the quality and reputation of the profession by regulating the property sector.

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14 Apr 2021
To replace or repair? That is the question (regarding tenancy deposits)

Sandy Bastin, Head of Adjudication Services at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), a Propertymark Industry Supplier, discusses cleaning and damage to property and contents best practice given they continue to top the list of most common reasons for tenancy deposit disputes.

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24 Feb 2021
Landlord case makes legal history

A Wales-based landlord pleaded guilty to harassing a tenant, which is the first time a case of this nature has been brought to the Crown Court and received a six-month jail term suspended for two years.

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18 Jan 2021
First ever Wrongful Termination Order granted

A landlord has been penalised for evicting a tenant on wrongful grounds by the Housing & Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (FTS) by awarding its first Wrongful Termination Order.

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15 Sep 2020
High Court rules in favour of agents over Business Interruption Insurance

Thousands of companies disputing their insurers' interpretations of liability under Business Interruption Insurance welcome the court ruling today, 15 September, where it found in favour of the arguments advanced for policyholders on the majority of issues brought by the Financial Complaints Authority (FCA) test case.

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04 Sep 2020
Enforcement action launched by CMA on leasehold homes

As part of its ongoing investigations the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today, 4 September, opened enforcement cases having uncovered troubling evidence of potential mis-selling and unfair contract terms.

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