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Rightmove Phising Scam – Important Security Advice For Letting Agents

18 August, 20160 Comments
LETTING AGENTS BEWARE! PLEASE READ! At TR Online Lettings we have just learned about a phishing attack that appears to be a notification regarding properties having not loaded to Rightmove, with a subject line “WARNING! Rightmove Property Rejections”. So we wanted to make sure you and your team are aware that this email is not from
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Can you trust your letting agent? – Agent jailed for fraud against tenants

06 May, 20161 Comments
As another letting agent is jailed for ripping off tenants, we’d like to ask all the landlords out there: can you truly trust your letting agent? Barinder Uppal was reportedly working at the Coventry branch of Reed Rains, whilst tricking overseas students into paying deposits totalling thousands of pounds for flats they couldn’t move into. After pleading guilty
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Estate Agent guilty to £157k of fraud offences

23 February, 20160 Comments
Russell Baker a former estate agent has admitted that he is guilty of nine offences of fraud amounting to £157,250. Mr Baker was investigated by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service after several complaints from landlords relating to tenants deposits being registered and claims that rental income from tenants was being withheld. One landlord had
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Homes left in destruction after bad tenants

Tenants who leave behind clutter are at risk of identity fraud?

12 February, 20160 Comments
When tenants leave your property, you are often left with all kinds of belongings that don’t quite make it on to the moving van including clothes, toys and even animals. Worryingly; 1 in 12 landlords say they’ve found bank statements, chequebooks and even passports after renters had moved on. The Royal Mail and the National
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Rogue letting agent jailed

05 February, 20160 Comments
A letting agent has been jailed nearly three years in prison after admitting fraud against both tenants and landlords. Name Removed after data request who is a trained accountant ran property lettings franchises Belvoir in Kettering, Desborough and Corby. They were investigated by Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards team after complaints from landlords that they
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Social landlord starts key amnesty to battle housing fraud

08 May, 20140 Comments
Phoenix Community Housing in Lewisham, who have 5,500 properties, have given their illegally subletting tenants until early July to be honest and upfront, without fear of legal action. Those that are found guilty of unauthorised subletting could face up to 2 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000. Chief executive Jim Ripley said:
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Letting Agents keeping tenants deposits are not agents THEY’RE THIEVES

27 February, 20140 Comments
A Newsbeat investigation has found that a minority of letting agents are fraudulently taking thousands of pounds from tenants as holding deposits, not letting them move in and then keeping that money. From January 2011 to September 2013 Trading Standards authorities in England reported 487 such cases and a Freedom of Information request found that
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Accurate tenant referencing and landlord communication is the way forward

03 February, 20140 Comments
With the impending welfare reform via Universal Credit, legislation to tackle illegal immigration, more landlord Licensing schemes being implemented and stories such as Landlord Fergus Wilson’s recently hitting the headlines; landlords and letting agents need to realise the severe implications if they continue to go about their business without the means of accurate and thorough
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