Rogue agents are ‘abus­ing trust’

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

AN award-win­ning York­shire let­ting agent has called for the in­dus­try to be li­censed.

Luke Gid­ney, di­rec­tor of LetLeeds, says rogue agents are abus­ing the trust put in them by land­lords and ten­ants.

He says: “No let­ting agency is per­fect and there can be mis­un­der­stand­ings. But there is a big dif­fer­ence be­tween hu­man er­ror and in­stances were peo­ple’s rent money and de­posits dis­ap­pear.

“At present, there is no way to stop any­one set­ting them­selves up as a let­ting agent or pre­vent pre­vi­ously liq­ui­dated agents re­turn­ing to the busi­ness. The scary thing is that any­one can claim to be a let­ting agent and start tak­ing fees.”

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