Letting agent calls for more government regulation

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A letting agent has called for the government to bring in more regulation, as it claims the industry at the moment is open to abuse.

Will Linley, director of Ilkley-based Linley & Simpson, stated that anyone can set themselves up as a letting agent currently, even if their aims are unethical.

Regulation had been planned to be brought in after a long review of the sector, but it was cancelled at the last minute by the government.

Will Linley

Mr Linley pointed out that people do not book holidays with travel agents who are not accredited and registered.

"More needs to be done to help clients differentiate between the good, the bad and the plain ugly in terms of letting agents," he told the Telegraph and Argus.

Earlier in the year, the Nottingham Post reported on local letting agent Thomas James Lettings being handed a £6,400 fine, as well as being told to pay £3,932 in costs, due to failing to apply for a housing of multiple occupancy licence.

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