Are letting agents legally required to check if a landlord has the correct permission to rent a house?
Letting agents are required to show due dillegence. If you have rented a property through an unauthorised landlord you could have a legal claim against the agent for any expenses that you incurred it is a legal requirement that all letting agent to an approved redress scheme.
if you have had a problem I would suggest initially contacting the agent in writing and seeing what their responses it is likely that they will look upon your case favourably and offer you compensation if they don’t you could then approach the redress scheme.
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