Tenant Referencing Blog

Public confused by unregulated agents

Public confused by unregulated agents The Tory MP for Rugby, Mark Pawsey, has claimed that tenants are puzzled by the lack of regulation for letting agents in England and Wales, particularly considering the regulation

A watchdog that won't bark? ARLA criticised over letting agent collapse

Ajay Jagota, letting agent with KIS Lettings, has criticised ARLA over the controversial recent collapse of Charterhouse lettings. ARLA have, however, responded with a statement that they acted appropriately as soon as they were aware

Liquidated ARLA member agent collapses owing £75,000

  An Essex-based letting agency which was a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents has gone into liquidation. Furthermore, the company has been the subject of complaints to the police, with sources alleging

Scottish letting agents to be consulted on new regulatory measures

Regulation of letting agents in Scotland is set to increase - but the Scottish government has promised that landlords and agents will be consulted as the new level of regulation is implemented. A

Court of Appeal exposes landlords to legal action

Last month's ruling by the Court of Appeal could mean that private landlords who unwittingly broke the law with regard to deposit protection will face legal action from their tenants. The ruling, which has

Rent in advance is not a deposit

The Court of Appeal has made a landmark ruling, decreeing that the payment of rent in advance does not count as a deposit. The decision comes from the case of Johnson vs. Old, which

Client Money Protection to be available for all agents

Client Money Protection will soon be available to all letting agents for the first time, whether they are members of a recognised trade body or organisation or not. Previously, official CMP was only

Did the Government turn down free tenant-checking service?

The Queen's Speech in May raised the controversial issue of landlords being forced to pay for immigration checks on their tenants. Now it seems that the government may have had the opportunity three years

Landlords to deal with anti-social tenants – or risk losing rent

Landlords to deal with anti-social tenants - or risk losing rent Landlords in England and Wales could be legally obliged to follow their Scottish counterparts' example, and register with a local council. This would give

Queen's Speech hands immigration regulation to landlords

Measures announced in last week's Queen's Speech will place extra pressure on private landlords, as they will now be obliged to vet tenants, due to changes to the rules on immigration. The Speech, which