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Enforcement News

This page highlights some of the formal enforcement work carried out by the Trading Standards team

Letting agents redress scheme 

ETB Property Services Ltd of 607 Holloway Road have been fined £5000 by Islington Council for failing to join a letting agents redress scheme.

This is the second letting agent to be fined since the requirement to join a scheme became law on 1 October 2014. 

In advance of the new law Trading Standards advised ETB to join a scheme.  Despite this advice ETB had failed to join by 10 December 2014.  On that date Islington Trading Standards issued a Notice to say they intended to impose the fine.  ETB appealed this decision arguing they did not receive the advice letters.  In dismissing the appeal the tribunal stated “In any event, I agree with the Council that there was no legal requirement on it to send such letters to letting agents.  Those agents, as professionals, can be expected to be aware of the law, as it directly impacts upon their businesses”. 

The fine remains at £5000.  ETB have since joined a redress scheme.

Letting agents redress scheme

APS Estates Ltd of 210 Caledonian Road have been fined £5000 by Islington Council for failing to join a letting agents redress scheme.

The requirement to join a scheme became law on 1 October 2014.  Tenants and landlords who have a complaint against a letting agent can bring their concerns to a redress scheme with a view to receiving compensation.

In advance of the new law APS were advised on several occasions to join a scheme by both Islington Council Trading Standards and The Property Ombudsman.  Despite these warnings APS had failed to join by 10 December 2014.  On that date Islington Trading Standards issued a Notice to say they intended to impose the fine.  APS appealed this decision but on 5 June 2015 an independent tribune found in favour of Trading Standards and the fine remains at £5000.  APS have since joined a redress scheme.

Fake Persil purveyor tagged

On 9 April 2015, in a case brought by the Trading Standards team under the Trade Marks Act 1994, James Brook who ran the now closed Bankrupt Stock Shop at 157 Holloway Road was found guilty by Highbury Magistrates.  He had been supplying a range of washing powders that proved to be counterfeit.  Over 400 10kg packs of powder together with branded clothing were seized from the shop.  The court ordered that Mr Brook be subject to an immediate curfew from 9 pm to 6 am, with electronic tagging.

Unsafe travel adaptor

On 9 April 2015 Mirwais Huidary, who trades in Chapel Market, pleaded guilty at Highbury Magistrates Court to supplying fake headphones and unsafe travel adapters.  Trading Standards identified the problem goods after taking part, with Islington Police, in Operation Big Wing.  Mr Huidary received a community order for 12 months of 100 hours unpaid work.

Virtual office

On 12 February 2015 N1 Mail Box Ltd, and manager Francis Strutt, pleaded guilty to offences under the London Local Authorities Act 2007 for failing to take ID when running a mail forwarding address.  The company was fined £500 with £250 costs and Mr Strutt was fined £100 with £100 costs.  Many fraudsters use the anonymity of virtual office addresses and the legislation is designed to help identify the people behind these businesses.

 

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