The following article was a news bulletin in the Property Industry Eye last Friday, 2nd August:

An agent has been hit with heavy costs for property offences.

Omar Patel has been ordered to pay £37,279 in costs and fines by Camberwell Green Magistrates Court.

He was prosecuted after an investigation by Southwark Council into nine properties in Rotherhithe, London.

All were found to be lacking in essential fire safety equipment, while eight did not have HMO licences.

Southwark Council said it was the first time it has taken a single management agency to court over so many HMOs.

Patel is director of management companies Let Share and Live Work Study London.

We have been calling for the professional licensing of agents for many years now, so that agents are qualified and competent to work in our industry and to stop rogue agents operating like in the case above.  We were pleased to read last month that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released a report on the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group (RoPA) proposing a new regulatory framework to cover estate agents across the UK and letting and managing agents in England.  The full article can be found on Propertymark’s website: