Trading Standards Investigations into Lettings Agents and Property Managers

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Dear Barking and Dagenham Borough Council,

Would you please supply the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The number of trading standards investigations carried out in relation to letting agents and property management companies in the past 5 years. If the number of investigations is less than 15, please extend the period to 10 years.

With the data please expand using the following criteria:

What was the exact nature of those investigations and outcome on a case by case basis and who were the alleged offending agents involved in those cases. With this in mind please clarify the investigations using the following format taking note of the examples.

Date: xx/xxxx
Company: ABC Agents
Offence/s: Breach of section xx of xxxx Act /Reg xxxx
Nature of Offence: Misleading action/Omission/Money Laundering/Failure to Register for Redress Scheme
Action Taken: Warning Issued/Court Proceedings Taken (Outcome)/ Referred to Police/SFO/CMA/ Or Relevant comment

Date: xx/xxxx
Company: (Under Investigation)
Offence/s: Breach of section xx of xxxx Act /Reg xxxx
Nature of Offence: Misleading action/Omission/Money Laundering/Failure to Register for Redress Scheme
Action Taken: Under Investigation/Proceeding With Court Case/Referred to Police/SFO/CMA/Or Relevant Comment

It is understood that disclosure of any company’s details is not covered by the DPA and therefore cannot be withheld unless there is a current ongoing investigation against the company. In stating this exception only applies to ongoing investigations and does not preclude the company being named relating to previous investigations. If there is an ongoing investigation then please indicate the investigation and omit the company’s name.

Finally, the release of this information is in the public interest and appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

M Doyle

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham,

Information request
Our reference: 5131633

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 3 November
2017.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and we aim to send a response by 1 December 2017.
  
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FOI Team
 
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London Borough of Barking and Dagenham,

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Information request
Our reference: 5131633

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 3 November 2017.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
FOI Team
 
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