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Property hijacks prompt fraud alert from the FSA Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Mortgage News, Property Market News

Financial watchdog is alerting landlords to watch out for property hijacking by fraudsters and crooked mortgage brokers.

The Financial Services Authority has circulated the warning to all small financial advice firms in the UK to pass on to clients. Continue reading Property hijacks prompt fraud alert from the FSA


Is your name listed in the fraudster’s phone book? Cautionary Tales, Financial Advice, Latest Articles, Property Investment News

Property investors targeted by fraudsters are about to receive a letter or email from financial watchdogs warning them crooks are trying to con them out of cash.

More than 75,000 names are on a secret scam list recovered by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in an operation against firms selling worthless investments. Continue reading Is your name listed in the fraudster’s phone book?


Landlord may face jail over HMO arson killings Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

The landlord of a shared house where a mum and her three-year-old daughter died in an arson attack may face jail for ignoring fire safety laws.

They died when a spurned girlfriend set light to her former boyfriend’s room in an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Milton Keynes last year. Continue reading Landlord may face jail over HMO arson killings


Crooked landlord admits stealing student deposits Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

A university had to take on extra staff to deal with complaints about a landlord who stole deposits on student housing.

Detectives claim 18 theft charges admitted by Tariq Zaman, 42, at Leeds Crown Court were just a ‘representative view’ of the money he stole over several years letting houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) owned by him and his family in the city. Continue reading Crooked landlord admits stealing student deposits


Landlords conned out of £100,000 in subletting scam Cautionary Tales, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management

Fraudster Rose Chimuka conned landlords of out of more than £100,000 by posing as a mum to rent their homes and then sub-letting them to dozens of tenants.

She was jailed for four years and three months at Croydon Crown Court after admitting 11 fraud charges.

The court was told Chimuka, 32, posed as a mum of three who wanted to let a home for her family to six London landlords using various aliases. Continue reading Landlords conned out of £100,000 in subletting scam


Police on high after closing 5,000 cannabis factories Cautionary Tales, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

Police are on a high after closing 5,000 cannabis factories across the North West in the past three years – and are urging landlords and letting agents to step into the war on drugs.

Police are shutting down an average four cannabis farms a day – with many located in rented homes and commercial properties. Continue reading Police on high after closing 5,000 cannabis factories


Sorting the Rogues from the Ridiculous Guest Columns

I’m an amiable kinda guy, the office joker in the roman helmet, more predisposed towards seeing the good in people than the bad. My default approach to dealing with landlord tenant disputes is to go into “Come on people, lets all shake hands and sort this out” mode, as opposed to a Sweeney, kicking in the door version of a TRO, shouting “Alright Tinkerbell, you’re nicked son”.

I have the personality and the remit within my job to do both.

In my many and varied posts on landlord-tenant stuff on a variety of blogs I regularly get accused of being too pro-tenant by landlords while at the same time I get accused by Shelter, and even other TROs, of being too soft on landlords. Continue reading Sorting the Rogues from the Ridiculous


Jail for HMO landlord who couldn’t afford to pay fine Cautionary Tales, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles, Property Maintenance


– News Sourced by Property118 News Team –


Buy to let landlord Abdul Hanif was jailed for allowing a tenant to live in a dangerous and dirty home that lacked hot water and heating.

Hanif was jailed for a day by Reading magistrates when he told the court he could not afford to pay the £665 fine.

The sentence will run alongside a four year sentence he is already serving for drug offences. Continue reading Jail for HMO landlord who couldn’t afford to pay fine


HMO landlord let tenants live in a garden shed Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

An HMO landlord was fined £4,000 for letting 16 tenants live in filthy and dangerous conditions – including in a back garden shed.

Council investigators raided a shared house owned by Sandeep Bhambra after a tenant complained a ceiling had collapsed in her rented room. Continue reading HMO landlord let tenants live in a garden shed


Buy to let property scam netted £450,000 Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, Latest Articles

A sham property investment company that conned landlords out of £450,000 has been wound up by the Insolvency Service.

Modo Homes Group lied to investors about selling repossessed properties on behalf of banks and building societies – and demanded fees from landlords to arrange viewings. Continue reading Buy to let property scam netted £450,000


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