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Letting Agents Helped Themselves to More Than £1m of Tenants' Deposits

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.

City of Trees

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.

New Banning Orders to Stop Rogue Landlords

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

£60 million to Tackle 'Second Homes' Problems in England

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.

Government Proposes Measures to Stop Exploitation of Tenants: Consultation Announced

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.