Call to clamp down on the cow­boys

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

A YORK­SHIRE res­i­den­tial let­ting agent is back­ing calls by a con­sumer watch­dog for the prop­erty ren­tal sec­tor to be po­liced more strictly.

Lin­ley & Simp­son, an in­de­pen­dent let­ting spe­cial­ist for 15 years, said it was not sur­prised that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Which? had un­cov­ered wide­spread prob­lems in the ren­tal mar­ket, in­clud­ing ag­gres­sive sales tac­tics and poor cus­tomer ser­vice.

The mag­a­zine claimed that con­sumers were “gam­bling” when­ever they had to choose a let­ting agent and called for all let­ting agents to be gov­erned by the same tough laws as es­tate agents, with the Of­fice of Fair Trad­ing (OFT) hav­ing new pow­ers to ban them.

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