Rogues in the rental mar­ket

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

LAND­LORDS and ten­ants across York­shire con­tinue to be left out of pocket by rogue let­ting agen­cies af­ter plans to clean up the in­dus­try were ditched by the Gov­ern­ment, ac­cord­ing to rental spe­cial­ists Lin­ley & Simp­son.

The com­pany is re­port­ing a rise in the num­ber of new cus­tomers who have switched to them hav­ing fallen vic­tim to this prob­lem. They say one York land­lord lost hun­dreds of pounds af­ter the agent hold­ing his ten­ants’ de­posit sud­denly dis­ap­peared. A Har­ro­gate pri­vate land­lord used his ten­ants’ de­posits to help his cash-flow prob­lem.

Lin­ley and Simp­son is back­ing a kitemark-style stan­dard for let­tings agents.

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