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trading standards

Inadequate Carbon Monoxide alarms putting 30 million tenants at risk

20 June, 20160 Comments
A new report has revealed that many carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are not fit for purpose. A new report, co-funded by the European Union and the Product Safety Forum of Europe (PROSAFE), has revealed that more than half (52%) of the carbon monoxide alarms tested across seven EU member states posed a ‘high’ or ‘serious
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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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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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Largest fine ever imposed on Harrow landlord.

10 July, 20120 Comments
A rogue landlord who illegally converted houses into multiple flats has been ordered to pay £325,000+; believed to be the largest penalty to have ever been issued to a UK landlord. After years of flouting planning regulations and ignoring repeated orders to comply, Brent and Harrow councils brought a joint action against Vispasp Sarkari, 50,
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