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KEYWORD "The Property Ombudsman" - 49 RESULTS
Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Industry veteran celebrates 20 years at same property group

David Westgate, group chief executive at Andrews Property Group, has been presented with a long service award in recognition of his...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman warns all agents over fraudulent computer virus scam

The Property Ombudsman has taken the unusual step of warning all estate and letting agents to act with caution over fraudulent...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO integrates live chat to handle online consumer complaints

The Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPO) has partnered with Yomdel to provide a 24/7 live chat service.  Consumers can now seek 'independent dispute...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Ombudsman warns that expelled agency may be trading illegally

The Property Ombudsman has expelled a London lettings and estate agency for a year and is warning that the firm may...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: Ombudsman 'happy' with controversial deferred payment scheme

The Property Ombudsman has told Estate Agent Today that it is happy with the controversial deferred payment scheme operated on behalf of...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks told to slow growth and get its house in order by City analyst

After a roller-coaster day on the Stock Exchange yesterday, Purplebricks has sought to defend itself against further possible share price losses...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman expels three agencies

Three agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman for two or more years, after failing to pay awards...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman issues 'year-long warning' after complaint about agency

The Property Ombudsman has issued a year-long formal warning to consumers about an estate agency which failed to provide information concerning...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

That the private rental sector has become the government’s whipping boy for housing problems - landlords in particular, letting agents almost...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Big rise in complaints and compensation says The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman’s annual report reveals a significant increase in the number of formal complaints resolved by the scheme and a...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Redress schemes working together to drive out 'poor practice'

The industry’s three government-approved redress schemes have this week issued an updated version of their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing quango chief is new chair of Ombudsman council

Baroness Diana Warwick (below right) has been appointed chair of The Property Ombudsman scheme’s independent council. A life peer for the past 18...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Only 14 complaints about 'quick sale' buying firms in two years, says TPO

There were only 14 complaints to The Property Ombudsman about so-called 'quick sale' firms - the professional buying companies that purchase...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO spells out when pre-contract deposits may be acceptable

The Property Ombudsman has reiterated its new guidance in relation to agents accepting pre-contract deposits in certain circumstances. Estate Agent Today reported...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO defends code change over buyers' pre-contract deposits

The Property Ombudsman’s office has defended a change to its code of practice which, according to a national newspaper, means agents...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal Juggling: new software shows agents de-listing/re-listing properties

New software has been devised which can allow users to identify individual properties that have been ‘portal juggled’ - de-listed and...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS is latest body to warn agents on dangers of portal juggling

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is the latest body within the industry to warn its members against portal juggling. Following statements...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

05 November 2016

From: Features

eMoov's petition wants agency licensing because standards are poor

eMoov founder and chief executive Russell Quirk has launched another online petition, this time calling for mandatory licensing of estate agents. The...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman tells estate agents: 'raise your standards'

The Property Ombudsman scheme’s annual report, just released, reveals that there has been a dramatic 32 per cent surge in the...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT wants agents and public to report future portal juggling issues

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has followed up the recent announcement by The Property Ombudsman to counteract portal juggling by...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman revises Codes of Practice to address portal juggling

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has announced that it will be issuing updated versions of all its Codes of Practice on...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

What is ‘Compliance in a Box’ all about?

With ever increasing obligations, estate agents know that compliance matters now more than ever.  However, being able to obtain access to the...

12 August 2016

From: Features

My favourite grouse…lazy agents who tout for my properties

As I sit here writing this on the Glorious 12th, I realise I’m going on about my favourite grouse – agents...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Watchdog intervenes over London agency's portal advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in to resolve a complaint about a small London estate agency’s online references to its...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Surprise move: removal firms to join The Property Ombudsman redress

In a surprise move, The Property Ombudsman is to allow all 420 registered firms in the British Association of Removers to...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Bill McClintock, The Property Ombudsman Scheme

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the agency industry during your time at TPO?  For me, the biggest change has...

18 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Why do agents have an unfavourable reputation among the public?

Last week, on the latest series of The Apprentice, Lord Sugar threw his teams into the London property market.  As expected, Twitter...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: the end of an era

It was an end of an era in the property world this week. Christopher Hamer stepped down as the Property Ombudsman...

04 December 2015

From: Features

Ex-Which? man joins The Property Ombudsman council

A former employee of consumer body Which? has been appointed to the council of The Property Ombudsman, one of the industry’s three...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Long-standing board member to chair The Property Ombudsman

Gerry Fitzjohn, currently vice chairman of the board of The Property Ombudsman, has been appointed as chairman.  He takes over from Bill...

10 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

Big rise in sales agents and online-only agents in TPO redress scheme

The Property Ombudsman, the largest and longest-established of three official redress schemes for agents, has recorded a significant rise in membership...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees: CMA and TPO collaborate on new guidance to agents

The Property Ombudsman and the Competition and Markets Authority have prepared a supplementary guidance note to help agents ensure compliance with the Competition Act.  The...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

TPO revises codes of practice to include consumer and deregulation laws

The largest of the three government-approved redress schemes, The Property Ombudsman, has updated its codes of practice to include new legislation...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

New Property Ombudsman is ex-head of Planning Inspectorate

Katrine Sporle is to be the new ombudsman at The Property Ombudsman, one of the three government-approved redress services for the...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

'Complaining Cow' warns of property redress chaos

A consumer champion says a new privatised system of Alternative Dispute Resolution, being introduced in October, threatens to create ‘complaints chaos’...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

The internet and rapidly evolving digital landscape has revolutionised the way people buy and sell properties. With some reports suggesting 95 per...

03 July 2015

From: Features

New roles for high-end buying agent and country houses chief

Jonathan Hopper, the managing director of Garrington Property Finders - the search agency originally founded by Phil Spencer - has joined...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

New online estate agency claims 'no upfront fees'

Another week, another online estate agency launches - but the latest, called YOPA, claims not to charge any upfront fee to...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman scheme to hold first ever conference

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has announced that its first ever conference will take place in October.  ‘Raise Your Standards’ is being...

05 June 2015

From: Breaking News

ASA investigating complaints about online agents' VAT

The managing director of Hatched online agency is accusing Purplebricks, eMoov, Tepilo and House Network of advertising their rates exclusive of...

19 May 2015

From: Breaking News

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much so that television pundits spent all night after the vote rubbishing...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Deposits row: Agent may switch redress scheme

The Brian Cox estate agency, at the centre of a weekend newspaper allegation about £2,000 deposits from buyers, has strongly defended...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agent scraps controversial £2,000 'deposit' idea

An estate agency says it is returning money to buyers after a newspaper revealed it was demanding would-be purchasers paid the...

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Rival redress schemes report increased business

Two rival redress schemes applying to sales and lettings agents are claiming increased business.  A press release from the Property Redress Scheme...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in referrals to The Property Ombudsman

There was a whopping 42 per cent rise in referrals to The Property Ombudsman last year according to the annual report...

21 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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