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.”