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Letting agents creating invalid tenancies

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Landlord

I would just like to highlight that large letting agencies do not make any checks on their clients right to let a property. This can and does result result in tenants being given invalid insecure tenancies. 

The practice of not verifying the ownership of the property and absence of any letting restrictions I have challenged directly with the Property Ombudsman. His decision is that Lettings agents are not obliged under the code of practice to carry out the £3 instant check of Land Registry records that would instantly prevent fraud and stop some illegal lettings.

Until the code of practice becomes more useful than a chocolate teapot, all tenants should carry out their own checks.

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Tenant

Good point!

Surely it is in the interest of both the Agent and landlord to ensure their property is legit?

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Tenant

Good point!

Surely it is in the interest of both the Agent and landlord to ensure their property is legit?

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