Hammersmith letting agent fined £4,000

Agency found guilty of falsely advertising rental properties

Hammersmith & Fulham Council have fined a letting agency for advertising properties that were not under the company’s control. The agency, Thorgills Limited, of Hammersmith Grove, were found guilty on four counts of unfair trading and fined £4,000. The agency had been advertising properties on its website without having any written instruction to do so.

The investigation was instigated after a complaint was made from a landlord. Speaking about the case, Cllr Wesley Harcourt, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services said that it “serves as a warning to unscrupulous traders that the Council is determined to protect our residents and local businesses.”.

The offences that Thorgills were charged with all fell under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, an act designed to protect consumers from fraudulent behavior.

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