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KEYWORD "Fraud" - 82 RESULTS
Here is how to avoid unwarranted suspicion when applying for a mortgage

With fraudulent mortgage applications up by 5% in 2019, anti-money laundering service, SmartSearch, has compiled some key things to consider to...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Landbay joins the Lender Exchange

Landbay has joined the Lender Exchange in order to have access to better conveyancing solicitors. Lender Exchange, owned by Decision First, is...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Gumtree insists it takes ‘fraud very seriously’ following latest letting scam

Gumtree, the dedicated website for free classifieds adverts in the UK, is urging landlords and tenants to follow its ‘safety advice’ when...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fraudulent rental scam leaves couple £800 out of pocket

A young couple who recently turned to the web to find a property to rent have fallen prey to a fraudulent...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council tenant who owns three BTL properties ordered to pay almost £90k

A now-former council tenant in north London has been handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay close to £90,000 after...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Man who sublet hundreds of properties to criminal gangs jailed

A man who rented hundreds of properties that he sub-let to criminal gangs running brothels and cannabis farms has been jailed...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed for ripping off landlords and tenants

An unscrupulous letting agent has been jailed for two years for conning landlords and tenants out of almost a quarter of...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Holiday let or buy to let?

It’s impossible to ignore the recent boom of the short let market, as more and more buy-to-let owners opt to try...

04 December 2019

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Lord Alan Sugar caught up in ‘Airbnb scam’

Lord Alan Sugar has issued a warning to Airbnb users after a family was  cheated out of around £465 because fraudsters told...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents sentenced after receiving fraudulent rental payments

Three rogue operators in London have been sentenced after pleading guilty to money laundering fraudulent rental payments received for properties that...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Police appeal to landlords to help clampdown on organised crime gangs

Cheshire Police are appealing for landlords, along with letting agents and local residents to help crack down on organised crime gangs. Officers...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord who lived in a council house ordered to pay £48k or face prison

A buy-to-let landlord who claimed that he needed a council home has been ordered to pay back more than £48,000 or...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords ripped off by rogue agent

A managing agent who defrauded buy-to-let landlords out of £16,500 over an 18-month period will face a Proceeds of Crime Act...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council tenant fined £100,000 for sub-letting his studio flat on Airbnb

An Airbnb host who rented out his council flat in central London has been fined £100,000 and evicted by Westminster City...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

August is the most popular time to move home

Whether you are looking to rent out your property or sell, it is worth noting that August is the most popular...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in fraudulent letting applications

The level of fraudulent rental applications being received by letting agents is on the up, new research shows. The study by Benham...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More needs to be done to protect landlords from fraud

There is a growing need to improve fraud detection in the private rented sector, according to Landlord Action. Paul Shamplina, the founder...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Couple falsely claim £50,000 from DWP by pretending to be landlord and tenant

A couple from Barry in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, have been handed suspended prison sentences for benefit fraud after being convicted...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Which area has the highest number of landlords avoiding tax on rental income?

  When you rent a property to a tenant, you are required to pay tax on any profit you make from rental...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Man denies posing as a landlord in a deposit scam

A man in Dundee has denied that he fraudulently pretended to be a landlord who asked for an up-front deposit from...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Scammer steals £1,200 from couple by posing as a landlord

A fraudster pretending to be a landlord scammed a couple looking to move into a new property with their children out...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection – what do landlords need to know?

On April 1 2019, the rental sector shifted into a new era of even greater professionalisation with the introduction of mandatory...

09 April 2019

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Rental fraud remains 'one of the uglier aspects of private renting'

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is reminding would-be tenants to be vigilant when looking for somewhere new to live and to...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant sentenced to 12 years in prison for burning down rental property

A tenant who was found guilty of deliberately burning down a property he was renting four years ago was sentenced to...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fraudsters claiming to be landlords leave tenants £20k out of pocket

Fraudsters posing as landlords have conned prospective tenants out of £20,000 over the past couple months by persuading them to pay...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help protect yourself against property investment fraud

Many people invest in property or sign up to investment club arrangements, which are not uncommon in the industry, but sometimes it...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Discrimination against tenants on benefits?

Shelter has recently run a campaign aimed at banning ‘discrimination’ against tenants on benefits in the private rented sector, presenting a...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents jailed for conning landlords and tenants

Three rogue directors of a letting agency in London who conned at least landlords and tenants out of more than £105,000 were...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Corrupt lawyer jailed for helping fraudster build a £10.8m BTL property empire

Dodgy solicitor Ross McKay, who helped a fraudster create a £10.8m property empire with the help of Tameside’s criminal underworld, has...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Future Right to Rent system must be ‘reliable’ and treat people ‘fairly’

The government’s long-awaited White Paper on post-Brexit immigration policy, published last week, unveiled plans for a single, skills-based immigration system applying...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total exceeds £1.3m so far this year

The recent conviction of former letting agent Heather Crabb for illegally pocketing £260,000 from renters in Plymouth has contributed significantly to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants left £105,000 out of pocket by rogue letting agents

At least 19 landlords and tenants have been left £105,000 out of pocket by unscrupulous letting agents who ran London-based letting...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than a week for letting agents in Scotland to apply for mandatory register

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland are being reminded that new rules have been introduced which affect the way letting agencies are able...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Groundbreaking technology’ should help ‘improve the rental experience’

‘Open banking’ provider TrueLayer has teamed up with Goodlord to enhance the proptech platform’s fintech integration for landlords, tenants and agents. Goodlord’s...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Referencing - an essential guide

  What is a tenant reference? A tenant reference is a tool for landlords to help choose the right tenants. A good tenant...

06 June 2018

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Automated payment systems can protect landlords against letting agency fraud

Automated payment systems can help to reduce letting agency fraud, it has been claimed. PropTech firm PayProp says that automating rental payment...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord prosecuted for council tax fraud

A buy-to-let landlord who owns 30 properties in York and Leeds has been handed a fine of more than £1,000 and...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for fraud

A rogue landlord who swindled £28,000 from a family friend has been sentenced to four years in prison. Mark Thorogood of Maelgwyn...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent who stole from clients ordered to payback £22k in compensation

The law has finally caught up with a letting agent who stole £22,000 from clients, including landlords. Peter Bell, now the former...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Basildon invited to attend free council-run event

Private landlords in Basildon are being invited to attend a free rental workshop this week. The event, which is being run by...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake landlord sentenced to six years in prison

An unscrupulous individual pretending to be a private landlord in order to scam more than £10,000 from unsuspecting tenants before going...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

What’s the true cost of holding an empty property?

According to official figures, more than 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016. In London,...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database ‘will save lives’ says LFB

The mayor of London’s decision to launch a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ rogue landlords and letting agents...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Make CMP mandatory on agents ‘at the earliest opportunity’ government told

Given that thousands of landlords and tenants are not protected by client money protection (CMP), placing money held by letting agents are...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Right to Rent imperfections shouldn’t concern pragmatic landlords

The findings of the BBC investigation into ID fraud linked to Right to Rent checks will come as no surprise to...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord immigration checks fuelling ‘black market’

A scheme requiring landlords to check the immigration status of new tenants is fuelling a ‘black market in forged Ids’, a...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-letting agent jailed for burgling rental properties

A former north London letting agent who stole thousands of pounds worth of cash and belongings from rental homes by tricking...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for Capital Gains fraud

A landlord has been jailed for failing to declare Capital Gains Tax from the sale of his rental properties. Richard Fuller, 53,...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Users are wising up to ‘dangers of online rental fraud’

With July being Fraud Awareness Month, the subject of online rental fraud has been brought into the spotlight by Nick Marr,...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent given suspended sentence for stealing almost £100k from landlord

A letting agent responsible for managing a large buy-to-let portfolio in Norwich has been handed a 20-month suspended sentence for two...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA launches free tenant-finding service for its members

The National Landlord Association (NLA) has launched a free tenant finding service for its 70,000-plus members and teaming up with the...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Dangers faced by unoccupied rental properties

As a buy-to-let property owner, the last thing you want is for your investment to be sitting empty. But it’s not...

09 June 2017

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Some landlords miss out on ‘good mortgage deals’ because of ‘lazy’ brokers

Many buy-to-let landlords are simply not getting the best mortgage deal, or find themselves trapped into mortgages with high standard variable rates, as...

14 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips to help you stay safe and beat the fraudsters and scammers

The vast majority of landlords are unable to identify a fake passport when presented with one leaving them vulnerable to fraudsters...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlord sentenced for tax fraud and fined £200,000

A London based landlord has been given a suspended two-year prison sentence for tax fraud, following a Revenue and Customs investigation...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for fraud

A private landlord has been jailed for almost four years after being found guilty of stealing money from more than 100...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay back £30,000

A private landlord in Scunthorpe has been prosecuted for tenancy fraud and ordered to pay back more than £30,000 after deceptively...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit schemes are ‘in urgent need of reform’

The recent closure of Morgan Hampton letting agents in Wimborne, Dorset, has been ceased upon by the CEO of Keep It...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for remortgaging his parents’ house to expand BTL portfolio

A man has been sentenced to almost three-and-a-half-years in jail after being found guilty of remortgaging his elderly parents’ £1.5m house...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords overwhelmingly support compulsory client money protection

Four out of five buy-to-let landlords believe that client money protection (CMP) should be made compulsory when they use a letting...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

New landlord checking service launched

Private tenants can now verify a landlord's credentials for any UK rental opportunity following the launch of a new landlord checking...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to respond to CMP consultation

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is calling on landlords as well as letting agents to respond to the government's outstanding...

13 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The government wants to better protect your money – have your say

The government is considering its options when it comes to increasing protections for private landlords and tenants’ cash against fraud and...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

How can you protect yourself from costly property damage?

Landlords in the UK are out of pocket to the tune of over £5bn every year because of damage to property...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Bogus letting agent jailed for ripping off landlords and tenants

A fraudster who posed as a letting agent with the sole intention of stealing from landlords and tenants has been jailed...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord jailed for illegally evicting tenants

A private landlord in north London has been sentenced to four months imprisonment and fined £20,000 after pleading guilty to intimidating his...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords may be forced to sell after council official pocketed their rent

Some landlords in Denbighshire, a county in north east Wales, may have to sell their property after falling victim to a...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A third of tenants are subletting without landlord’s consent

Around a third of private rented sector tenants in the UK admit that they are currently subletting their rented accommodation without...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord charged for credit checks he failed to carry out

A landlord from Telford charged prospective tenants for credit checks that he failed to carry out, a court was told. Darren Stevens...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent sentenced to four and a half years for conning landlords

An unscrupulous letting agent who conned landlords and tenants out of more than £220,000 has been sentenced to four and a half...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

One in five landlords and tenants unprotected by CMP

At least one in five landlords and tenants are not protected by client money protection (CMP), new figures show. Fresh research from...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent-to-rent scammer jailed for fraud

A rent-to-rent fraudster has been jailed for 16 months after being found guilty of six counts of fraud relating to HMOs Moses...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent escapes jail

A Staffordshire letting agent who stole £123,000 from landlords and tenants has been given a suspended prison sentence which has been...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA issues Gumtree warning

Bosses at internet listings site Gumtree will meet with the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to discuss scam in which fraudsters posing...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed after £200,000 fraud against tenants and landlords

A former letting agent has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison after admitting fraud against both tenants...

05 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consulting on minimum bedroom size

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will clamp down on “criminal” landlords who “trap and cram vulnerable tenants...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New website launches clampdown on subletting in Southwark

London’s biggest social landlord, Southwark Council, has launched a new anti-fraud tool to prevent illegal subletting.   The new website (www.ilatch.co.uk) will help...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Llandudno landlord back in court – this time for unlicensed properties

A Welsh landlord who rakes in almost £100,000 a year in housing benefit from a £700,000 property portfolio is paying off...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Man arrested in closed agency probe

Police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud following the closure of east of England letting agency Kirby...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Fake landlord conned victims out of £20,000 say police

Police are hunting for a man who posed as the landlord of the apartment he was renting in London, in order...

17 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenant in illegal sub-let scam jailed for eight months

A court has heard how two landlords have lost thousands of pounds to a tenant who allegedly claimed to be their...

15 June 2015

From: Breaking News

48 council homes recovered in Barnet tenancy fraud investigation

Work of council fraud investigators in Barnet to expose tenancy fraud has led to almost 50 council houses being re-let to...

27 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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