New toolkit targets rogue agents
By |Published On: 28th June 2016|

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New toolkit targets rogue agents

By |Published On: 28th June 2016|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

The National Approved Letting Scheme has moved to create a toolkit which is designed to assist local authorities in tackling rogue agents.

This scheme claims that cuts to public spending have left some local authorities without the knowledge and skillset to efficiently regulate the private rented sector.


In a press release, the National Approved Letting Scheme claim that only 16% of local authorities have moved to issue penalties for failure to comply with redress scheme membership.

It must be noted however that this figure involved results from only 37 councils from research conducted between August and September 2015.

The toolkit proposed by the National Approved Letting Scheme includes:

  • warning letters to agents who fail to comply with legal duties.
  • advice on serving civil penalties
  • requirements on belonging to a redress scheme
  • the need for agents to display fees
  • client money protection advice
  • powers of councils
New toolkit targets rogue agents

New toolkit targets rogue agents

Raising standards

Isobel Thomson, chief executive of the National Approved Letting Scheme, said, ‘only by raising standards across the sector can we start to tackle the small minority whose rogue activities tarnish our reputation. This toolkit is designed to be a ‘one stop shop’ for local authorities working with the private rented sector. They are, after all, in the enforcement front line.’[1]




About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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