A London based letting company has been fined £20,000 after issuing false documents that gave tenants no protection from landlords or eviction.
Two renters in the capital were wrongly given licenses by Green Live Ltd which was intended for nannies or lodgers instead of secure assured tenancy agreements, according to the Evening Standard.
The newspaper reports that the company was also fined £5,000 for using the logo of the UK Landlord Accreditation Partnership, to which it was not a member.
In addition, Green Live Ltd was ordered to pay £3,000 in compensation to one tenant who could not recover his deposit and £1,500 in costs to the council.
In a statement Green Live issued to The Evening Standard it said it had ‘pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to three offences at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court earlier this month.
It added: ‘The offences related to issuing licences to two tenants in circumstances where the company should have issued assured shorthold tenancy agreements instead.
‘The licences were issued by employees who worked for the company at the time. These employees no longer work for the company.
‘The third offence related to use and display of an organisation's logo on company paperwork in circumstances where accreditation with that organisation had lapsed.
‘This was an oversight on the part of the company and the company accepted responsibility for this at court accordingly.’