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A BBC investigation (13 February 2017) has revealed that fourteen letting agents were prosecuted in the UK in 2016 for helping themselves to more than £1m from tenants' deposits schemes.
Mark Kinver, BBC News, Science & Environment, 21 January 2017 reports a project which aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.
The Department for Communities & Local Government has announced a public consultation on plans for new banning orders to crack down on rogue landlords and property agents. The closing date for comments is Friday 10 February 2017
On Friday 23 December 2016, BBC News on-line reported Government's announcement that it was setting up a new annual £60 million fund to counteract the all-time high in second-home ownership which is crowding out first-time buyers and artificially raising house prices.
As reported on by Hilary Osborne (The Guardian Tuesday 18 October 2016) Government is proposing a package of measures to help Local Authorities to clamp down on rogue landlords who exploit tenants. The consultation on government's proposals will run until Tuesday 13 December 2016.