Landlord Fined for Misleading Tenants with False Licence Agreements

Anna Yang, an Essex-based landlord, was fined £5,825.27 for providing misleading licence agreements to tenants in Royal Greenwich. Yang pleaded guilty to an offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

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Landlord Fined for Misleading Tenants with False Licence Agreements

Landlord Fined for Misleading Tenants with False Licence Agreements

Anna Yang, an Essex-based landlord, has been fined a total of £5,825.27 for providing misleading licence agreements to tenants in Royal Greenwich. Yang, who lives in Southend, was found to have used documents stating that the landlord was a resident in the property she rented out, despite not living there.

Why this matters: This case highlights the importance of protecting tenants' rights and ensuring fair practices in the rental market, as rogue landlords can have a significant impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals. The prosecution of such cases also serves as a deterrent to other landlords who may be tempted to engage in similar practices.

The case, investigated by the Council's Trading Standards team, resulted in Yang being fined £2,700 for an offence under regulation 9 of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. She was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £270. Additionally, the Royal Borough of Greenwich was awarded £2,855.27 for taking the case.

Yang pleaded guilty at the first hearing of the case at Bexley Magistrates Court. The offence took place at a Charlton apartment in Royal Greenwich.

A Council spokesperson emphasized the importance of catching and prosecuting rogue landlords who unlawfully profit and mislead tenants with false information. "It's so important that rogue landlords such as Mrs Yang are caught and prosecuted for unlawfully profiting and misleading their tenants with false information. We would urge our landlords to ensure that they are delivering good practices for all their tenants," the spokesperson stated.

The Trading Standards team works diligently to identify landlords who exploit tenants, aiming to ensure that everyone in Royal Greenwich has access to a safe and secure home that meets their needs.

The substantial fine imposed on Anna Yang serves as a clear message to landlords in Royal Greenwich that providing misleading information to tenants will not be tolerated. The Council remains committed to protecting tenants' rights and ensuring fair practices in the rental market.

Key Takeaways

  • Landlord Anna Yang fined £5,825.27 for providing misleading licence agreements to tenants.
  • Yang falsely claimed to be a resident in the rented property, violating Consumer Protection regulations.
  • The case highlights the importance of protecting tenants' rights and fair practices in the rental market.
  • The fine serves as a deterrent to other rogue landlords who may engage in similar practices.
  • The Royal Borough of Greenwich remains committed to protecting tenants' rights and ensuring fair practices.