Housing Enforcement at Enfield Council has been working with Trading Standards and the Citizens Advice Bureau in a crack down on rogue letting agents.
Letting Agents and Property Management businesses are required to register with an authorised redress scheme, which protects tenants’ deposits and helps them make complaints about housing issues such as disrepair and tenancy agreements, or letting agents’ fees and practices.
After the scheme was introduced in 2014, Enfield Trading Standards undertook to check that letting agents in the borough were compliant.
However, officers found that, out of 202 letting agents identified in the borough who had been inspected to make sure they were members of a redress scheme, a total of 30 premises were identified for further inspection after compliance could not initially be determined – and six were found to be non-compliant, but subsequently became compliant after advice from Trading Standards.
On 27 May 2015, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force, requiring Letting Agents to display fees charged to landlords and tenants on their website and on their premises. Failure to comply can result in a fixed penalty fee of up to £5,000.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Daniel Anderson, said:
“Letting agents and property management companies must follow strict guidelines to ensure a fair deal for both tenants and landlords.”
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