Twin focus on rogue letting agents and illegal sale of knives by Trading Standards

Rogue letting agents, together with the illegal sale of knives, are a special focus of a crackdown in London this week by Trading Standards.

London Trading Standards Week, which kicked off yesterday, is “tackling the scourge of rogue letting agents that too often rip off London’s tenants”.

At the same time, the week-long campaign is also tackling the illegal sale of knives to under 18s, and together with London Mayor Sadiq Kahn is launching a new Responsible Retailer Agreement.

London Trading Standards director of operations, Stephen Knight, said: “Local council Trading Standards teams police the business community and prosecute when criminal activity is uncovered.

“After a decade of cuts, we are often inadequately resourced to tackle every case, but teams work extremely hard and use shared intelligence to ensure the worst offenders are brought to justice.

“We play an important role in the fight against knife crime in the capital by rigorously enforcing the law against underage knife sales.

“We also protect London’s tenants from rogue letting agents.

“During LTS Week we want to highlight our work and ensure that Londoners are protected from such rogue traders and criminal business activity.”

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  1. DASH94

    Rogue Letting Agents and People selling knives – those are the things that Londoners need protecting from most?.  And rogue letting agents get top-billing in that group?   Not muggers, or car-jackers, or people traffickers?



  2. APE

    “rogue letting agents that too often rip off London’s tenants”.


    Rogue letting agents ALWAYS rip off tenants.  They also rip off landlords.  And, given the chance, their grandparents.  That’s because they are rogue.


    The vast majority of letting agents are not rogue though and don’t deserve the association.

  3. Woodentop

    Rogues are not confined to Lettings Industry, to single out Lettings is vindictive and vote grabbing!


  4. Ian Narbeth

    Next week can Trading Standards go after rogue tenants who illegally sublet and create unlicensed HMOs?


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