An estate agent from Croydon has been banned from working in the industry after it was found that she had personal interests in the sale of a property.

It acts as a reminder to private landlords that they must beware that there are a number of landlord legal issues to consider when dealing within the housing sector.

The case in question was to do with Marcia Whyte, who ran Executive Estates in South Croydon.

She failed to inform a local vendor, who has not been named, that she was trying to buy his property and has therefore received a prohibition order from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Mike Haley, OFT director of consumer protection, said that agents must always immediately let prospective vendors and purchasers know if they have a personal interest in the sale of a home they are marketing.

"This is specifically to prevent them from making a secret profit, as Marcia Whyte would have done in this case,"he added.

Private landlords should also ensure their properties have been Gas Safe Register-certified following new regulations introduced this month.

Written by Claire Doyle

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