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KEYWORD "Crime" - 110 RESULTS
Tax Probe: family returns homes worth £8m and repays £368,000 rent

Properties worth a combined £8.1m have been surrendered to the National Crime Agency following a tax probe. The properties included 16 homes...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Help catch heartless thieves who stole agent's two charity boxes

The police in Crewe are appealing for information after two charity boxes were stolen from an estate agent in the town.  The...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency faced with £10,000 bill after vandal spray-paints the office

The police are looking for witnesses or anyone who can help identify the burglars accused of an extensive spray-paint attack on...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

LonRes snaps up anti-money laundering training and compliance service

London-focussed business-to-business deal data service LonRes has acquired an anti-money laundering compliance consultancy specialising in residential and commercial property. Financial Crime Services,...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to warn clients about mortgage fraud

As an agent, it’s part of your role to protect and advise your clients throughout the buying and selling process. Mortgages are...

26 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Buyers falsify and alter documents as mortgage fraud cases rise

There’s been a five per cent rise in the cases of mortgage fraud as increasing numbers of house buyers appear to...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s new Property MOT resembles old Home Information Pack

A property MOT being launched by Countrywide and described as “game changing” for the house buying process will include survey and...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Jail for fake estate agent who conned thousands out of women

A fraudster who claimed to be an estate agent has been jailed for four years after conning vulnerable women into giving...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide launches game changing” property MOT

Countrywide’s surveying division says it’s found a “knowledge gap” in existing surveys after a study involving over 15,000 buyers. The agency group...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyer must explain how she bought six properties worth £3.2m

A Northern Irish woman with suspected links to serious organised crime has been ordered to explain how she financed the purchase...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Crooked swindler estate agent jailed - and the police are delighted

An estate agent who ruthlessly used his position as a prominent figure in the community to win the trust of vulnerable...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Police confirm new excavation is part of Suzy Lamplugh investigation

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that an excavation that took place yesterday was part of its ongoing investigation into the disappearance...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agent racially abused police officer and bouncer at club

An estate agent has been fined after racially abusing a police officer in an incident outside a nightclub. Sarah Loasby, from Kettering,...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned: homes at centre of Crime Agency probe cannot be sold

Three ultra-high-value London properties cannot be sold while a money laundering investigation continues. The houses have not been identified but were most...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: the key myths and misconceptions

The UK property market can be seen by criminals as an effective vehicle to conceal the proceeds of economic crime. Criminally...

18 May 2019

From: Features

You're going to prison agent told in £110,000 fraud case

An estate agent in the north east of England has been told he will face prison after admitting two counts of...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Vandal who attacked estate agency office surrenders to police

A man has surrendered to police after admitting smashing an estate agency's window. The Oxford Mail reports that a 30-year-old from Abingdon, who has...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Horror hammer attack on agent - police still looking for information

Police are continuing to appeal for information on a horrific hammer attack on the owner and chairman of Bridges Estate Agents...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fall-Throughs: Insurance firm claims crime deters 80 buyers a day

An insurance company claims that over 29,000 property deals fall through in a year because buyers get cold feet over their...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Value added to house is 'confiscated' by Proceeds of Crime Act

An owner who enhanced the price of his property by illegally hacking branches off a tree has ordered to pay back...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The good, the bad and the future of property chain communication

Thinking about the state of communication across residential property chains is enough to induce a severe migraine. We work in a world...

20 March 2019

From: Features

AML Fines for estate agents published

Estate agent anti-money laundering (AML) compliance is under scrutiny again following the publication of figures detailing the fines levied for AML...

13 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

MPs want agents to be monitored by HMRC in 'dirty money' crackdown

The influential Treasury Select Committee says estate agents should be more closely monitored to ensure they abide by anti-money laundering regulations. In...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs want agents views on anti-money laundering after shock HMRC swoop

HM Revenue & Customs has issued more details of its bid to encourage estate agents to combat money laundering in the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hit with £215,000 fine in HMRC swoop on agents

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has been hit with a £215,000 fine as part of a swoop by HMRC cracking down...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: property portal database of rogue traders includes murderers

The controversial property portal Propertyheads has compiled a blacklist of tradesmen who have a criminal record. The website says this is the...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents doing not nearly enough to report money laundering - claim

The government’s anti-money laundering campaign Flag It Up has published an A to Z which it claims will help agents understand...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Mystery surrounds broad daylight theft of cash from agency branch

Mystery surrounds the details of an apparent theft of thousands of pounds by three men who walked into an estate agency...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech can help prevent fraud – here’s how

To a sales-focused agency, having a lettings department can sometimes feel like losing control of the business. Recent cases of property management...

07 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Con-man agent jailed for swindling over £300,000 from company

An estate agent who stole per £300,000 from an estate agency spent the money on designer goods and expensive holidays -...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Vigilantes confront estate agent about underage sex chats

An estate agent in the north of England has been confronted by vigilantes who duped him into thinking they were underage girls.  The...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to upgrade your AML armoury

The government has moved to crack down on money laundering in the UK with a new campaign focusing on the accountancy,...

16 January 2019

From: Features

Anti-money laundering system to be beefed up by new government board

The National Association of Estate Agents has met with other members of a high-level government board to look at ways of...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

15 December 2018

From: Features

32 years on, search underway for body of Suzy Lamplugh

Police have confirmed that a search is taking place at a property in the Midlands, in the hunt for the body...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents they have moral obligation to report suspicions

The government has told the estate agency industry that it has a “moral” obligation to report suspicions about potential money laundering. Figures...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Let’s focus on the real foreign property ownership problem

It’s time to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to overseas buyers of property. If you listen to Theresa...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Agents mocked by minister over lax anti-money laundering approach

A government minister has made a pointed jibe at estate agents who appear not to regard cash purchases of high-value properties...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent escapes jail after drink-driving and assaulting police officer

A Huddersfield estate agent who crashed her car while four times over the drink-drive limit has been banned from driving for...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake Sales: jail threat to lying estate agent caught up in CPR fraud

A maverick Cornish estate agent who falsely gave the impression to customers that his business was highly successful has been hit...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent drove almost four-times over limit and kicked police officer

Local media in Huddersfield report that an estate agent smashed into a traffic bollard while four times over the drink-drive limit...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Anti-money laundering regulations and data protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

Does your company apply adequate customer due diligence measures when carrying out estate agency work?  Does it establish and maintain appropriate policies...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Proptech: automate anti-money laundering, security chief urges

A PropTech company boss says evidence given to MPs confirms the need to improve anti-money laundering processes through greater automation and...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Sexual assault on estate agent leads to pensioner's prison term

A pensioner who committed sexual assaults on two women - one of them an estate agent - has been sent to...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Here are four ways data can improve your business

How can you use data to benefit and better your business? It’s something you’ll no doubt have asked yourself down the...

21 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Trial for man accused of assaulting estate agent in office

A man who is accused of assaulting an estate agent is to face trial. The Bournemouth Daily Echo reports that Marc Skelton,...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering and property: the government has upped the ante

The announcement that MPs will set up a Select Committee to probe the scale of money laundering in the UK property...

14 April 2018

From: Features

‘HMRC should work harder to get agents to abide by AML regulations’

A 15-month research project says HMRC should do more to engage estate agents in recognising the importance of complying with anti-money...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to probe foreign-owned property as part of 'economic crime' inquiry

The Treasury Select Committee of MPs has announced an inquiry into ‘economic crime’ - including the possibility that overseas-owned UK homes could be...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent escapes prison after 'glassing' man who rejected her advances

An estate agent who ‘glassed’ a man who rejected her advances in a pub has escaped a prison sentence. Sarah Brown, 27,...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent pleads not guilty to New Year's Day murder of wife

A Stratford estate agent accused of killing his wife on New Year’s Day has pleaded not guilty to a charge of...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Crimestoppers working with agents to deter ruthless conveyancing fraudsters

Crimestoppers is working with estate agencies and financial advisers as well as conveyancers in a bid to eliminate house buyers’ deposits...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

What do agents need to know about accepting payment in cryptocurrencies?

The UK property sector has been a hotbed for financial crime in recent years, with many criminals seeing it as an...

24 February 2018

From: Features

Property deals account for one-third of all money laundering alerts

Almost a third of all ‘Suspicious Activity Reports’ concerning possible anti-money laundering infringements and reported to the National Crime Agency have...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

They are scum says estate agent after safe is stolen by thieves

An estate agent has offered a reward of £1,000 for information to help find a safe stolen from his premises during...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agent in court after being charged with New Year's Day murder

An estate agent charged has been charged with the murder of his wife who was stabbed to death at their home...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New 'national economic crime centre' to tackle money laundering

The Home Office has announced a new division to tackle fraud issues, including money laundering. A new national economic crime centre within...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent 'drove drunk and crashed after humiliating email from boss'

A local news outlet in Essex is reporting that a Chelmsford agent claims he crashed his car whilst driving drunk following...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Thieves wreck estate agency branch just two weeks after opening

Thieves have broken into an estate agency branch within a fortnight of it opening and are reported to have stolen equipment...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Selling ‘off-grid’: helping agents with alternative fuels

In the UK, there are over 3.9 million homes situated in off-grid areas with no access to mains gas, so it’s...

11 November 2017

From: Features

Financial crime – are estate agents at risk?

The spread and sophistication of financial crime in the UK in recent years has been unprecedented.  Figures from UK Finance show that...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Anti-money laundering: only 1 in 300 foreign deals triggers a 'red flag'

One one in every 300 property purchases by overseas buyers trigger a so-called ‘red flag’ with the National Crime Agency -...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

NAEA tells members to just delete fraud spam email

The National Association of Estate Agents is telling members to delete a spam email purporting to have been sent by the...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Cyber attack - small agencies accused of being unprepared

An insurance provider says small estate agencies are peculiarly vulnerable to cyber attack yet are amongst the least prepared amongst their...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Jail for investor who did not declare capital gains when selling up

A Hampshire property investor who failed to declare Capital Gains Tax from the sale of properties evading £157,725, has been jailed...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT and TPO warnings after police probe quick sale company

The police are investigating a quick sale company after a claim by an individual that he received less than half of...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Thief used pole to steal house keys from estate agents' office

A man who stole envelopes containing keys from an estate agents’ office by using a pole projected through the letter box...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Money laundering: NAEA backs new bid to list 'beneficial owners'

The National Association of Estate Agents has thrown its weight behind a government move to create a register of overseas companies...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Higher house prices mean fewer burglaries, insurance firm claims

New analysis shows what appears to be the correlation between rising house prices and falling burglary rates across the country.  The research,...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Guilty - agent admits 76 offences involving thousands of pounds

An estate agent will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to 76 fraud offences.   The Get Surrey website reports that Ayodele...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Imprisoned estate agent to return to court for financial hearing

It has been revealed that an estate agent who is serving a five year prison sentence for fraud is to return...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New property portal Yellf to launch with strong social media emphasis

A new property portal is to launch in April, and has this week started recruiting estate and letting agency members while...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Property in the capital - London’s night economy

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s aim of creating a 24-hour city is one step closer with the appointment of London’s first Night...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow

Who are you? Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists You have a high profile within the conveyancing search industry,...

26 September 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Murdered estate agent: suspects caught up in Cyprus border row

Two men who confessed to killing a British estate agent are being held in Turkish controlled northern Cyprus - although they...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Money laundering back on the agenda in government

After all the recent Whitehall upheaval we can perhaps get back to business; and first item on the agenda seems to...

21 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Call for evidence: why technology needs to underpin house buying

Nearly three quarters of people who have sold or bought a property deem it more stressful than having a child or...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Carole Marsden, SearchFlow UK Sales Director

  Who are you? Carole Marsden   What does it say on your business card? UK Sales Director What attracted you to join SearchFlow?  SearchFlow has...

07 June 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Working to combat conveyancing fraud

Fraudsters attacking the conveyancing sector, successfully stealing large sums of money from homebuyers, are making national headlines at a depressing rate....

27 May 2016

From: Sponsored Content

London mayoral election: A referendum on housing

The race to replace London Mayor Boris Johnson has entered its final few days, and like never before, housing is the...

29 April 2016

From: Features

Drunk-driving estate agent banned from driving for two years

An estate agent has pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving after being found almost three times above the legal alcohol...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent jailed for five years after taking £450,000 from elderly clients

An estate agent has been jailed for five years for taking more than £450,000 from elderly clients in Cumbria. A BBC report says...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agent on £450,000 fraud charges told he may face prison

An estate agent who has pleaded guilty to 13 counts of fraud involving around £450,000 has been warned he is likely...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Explicit CCTV shows jailed estate agent repeatedly running over man

Police have released footage of an estate agent who has been jailed for four years after repeatedly running over his girlfriend's...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and eMoov lead panel as online and traditional agents square up

Purplebricks chief executive Michael Bruce is to speak alongside eMoov founder Russell Quirk in a debate to be held at the...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Here's another fine mess that two burglars at an agency got into...

So how long does a visitor typically stay in an estate agency office? Well, if it’s the case of intruders, about 15...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Customer Due Diligence for the Property Sector

“Estate Agents have been highlighted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) as under reporting relative to their vulnerability to money...

03 December 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Conveyancer jailed for stamp duty fraud

A conveyancer who swindled his clients and HM Revenue and Customs out of almost £352,500 in stamp duty land tax, has...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agents accused of ignoring voluntary ban on boards

Estate agents have been accused of flouting the rules by erecting For Sale and To Let signs despite a voluntary ban. The...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agent denies rape charge

A 25 year old estate agent accused of raping a 53 year old woman after meeting her outside a nightclub has...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Online service claims to protect agents and conveyancers from cybercrime

A new online service claims to protect agents and others working in the industry from the threat of cybercrime.  The service, called...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: NAEA says many agencies haven't nominated key roles

The National Association of Estate Agents admits that “take up has been low” in its bid to persuade each member agent to...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Man who murdered estate agent is attacked in prison

Three prisoners have been convicted of a prison attack on Jeremy Green, the former army lieutenant jailed for life for the...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agency teams up with Property Detective to offer local-area info

Online estate agent SellMyHome is teaming up with local-area research information provider Property Detective to offer what it calls a “hybrid”...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Money laundering skews London prices: 'we all know it' says legal expert

A legal expert suggests central London’s house prices may have been skewed because of money-laundering - “and we all know it.” Jonathan...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Police probe continues as struck-off solicitor linked to MP's property portfolio

There is still no word on when a police investigation will report on alleged irregularities said to involve the buy to...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

So much bleating, I thought a goat had got in!

It was interesting to see the report on Estate Agent Today about the meeting between London estate agents, NAEA, and HMRC. No,...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Estate agent in court: 16 charges, accused of £300,000 fraud

An estate agent accused of being behind a £300,000 fraud has appeared before Carlisle Crown Court. The Cumbrian News & Star local...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end agency director quits after being found guilty of charity theft

A sales director of a branch of Humberts has resigned after being found guilty of stealing £2,500 from a charity. Jane Hale...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agent jailed after diesel and bleach attack

A jealous estate agent has been jailed for two months after dousing the bed of his ex-partner with diesel fuel and...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

London money laundering figure exaggerated says analyst

The head of research at lettings portal Lettingweb.com says the National Crime Agency’s claims about hundreds of billions of pounds of...

28 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Money laundering: agents warned by National Crime Agency

Estate agents have been warned by the National Crime Agency that they must not hesitate to inform the authorities if they...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: The rise of agent-rating websites

The rising phenomenon of agent-rating and review websites is a topic that seems to have caused considerable division and controversy among...

10 July 2015

From: Features

NAEA condemns exposed estate agents and launches investigation

The National Association of Estate Agents says the agents named in Channel 4‘s From Russia With Cash documentary may have tarnished...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Injuries and bail after alleged attack on estate agency office

A man suffered "deep lacerations" to his hand after allegedly smashing the window of an estate agency office in Ilminster, Somerset.  The...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

CMA tweets out warnings to agents over trade group rules

The Competition and Markets Authority has used Twitter to inform agents of the risks of joining trade assocaitons with loosely-worded or...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Introducing the ‘Poldark Effect’

Poldark, a period drama recently on the BBC, has inspired a new trend dubbed the 'Poldark Effect'.  Rather than an increase in...

15 May 2015

From: Features

One estate agent on fraud charges, another banned from pubs

An estate agent has been charged by police with 16 counts of fraud. Donald George Anthony Scott, 61, from Bolton Low Houses,...

15 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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