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17 Apr 2024
Over 250 agents fined for AML non-compliance

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that fines totalling over £1.6 million have been issued for a variety of breaches including missing documentation, incomplete due diligence, and failures to recognise specific risks, such as Politically Exposed Persons, high risk jurisdictions, companies, trusts and sanctions.

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04 Apr 2024
Rogue agents face stiff penalties for flouting property rules

Letting agents and landlords who disregard safety and licensing laws are increasingly facing action from authorities determined to crack down on poor practices and protect renters. Propertymark works hard to regulate our members and make sure consumers know how to access a professional agent. Our members demonstrate their commitment to working to higher standards than the law requires, and have access to training, CPD, and compliance support to ensure both they and their businesses are up to date with relevant standards and legislation.

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12 Jan 2024
Hazard repair failures lead to fines for landlord

Watford Council prosecuted the self-managing landlord for failure to put things right after an inspection discovered conditions in the property posed a severe health risk to the tenants.

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09 Jan 2024
Court rules Section 21 invalid without Gas Safety Certificate

Underscoring the obligation for letting agents or landlords provide a record to tenants immediately after any gas safety check, the ruling highlights it’s not just in cases of new gas appliance installation or within the initial twelve months of a tenancy. Failing to do this could have serious consequences for regaining possession of the property.

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15 Dec 2023
Two firms expelled by The Property Ombudsman

The companies were ejected after failing to pay compensation to consumers, bringing the total number of expulsions in 2023 to 13, down from 18 in 2022. Both businesses were referred to The Property Ombudsman (TPO) Compliance Committee, which ruled that they should be excluded from the scheme.

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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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