LTS supports Scams Awareness Month

Don’t miss a trick – watch out for legal and financial scams People need to be on their guard against financial and legal scams following a rise in cases reported to the Citizens Advice consumer service. Across the capital London Trading Standards are supporting the Citizens Advice campaign as they show people how to spot
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Londoners are being let down by letting agents

High levels of non-compliance found across the Capital A survey carried out by London Trading Standards (LTS) has revealed that many letting agents in London are not being transparent about their fees and how they will protect tenants’ money. In May 2018, councils checked the websites of 137 letting agents across London to find out
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London Trading Standards and SAFEagent unite to promote best practice

Organisations create free webinar for letting agents As part of this year’s SAFEagent Awareness Week, London Trading Standards and SAFEagent have partnered to produce a webinar which helps agents refresh their knowledge and ensure their compliance is up-to-date. The webinar – which is free for all to access – features Donald Silcock, Vice Chair of
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London Trading Standards – helping to keep landlords and tenants safe

Effective Enforcement Day, 22 May 2018 Trading Standards teams across London are supporting ‘Effective Enforcement Day’ on Tuesday 22 May, part of SAFEagent Awareness Week, to highlight the work they do protecting tenants and landlords in the private rented sector (PRS). Every day, trading standards keep renters safe and ensure letting agents are adhering to
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London Trading Standards end of year report published

London Trading Standards has published its end of year report setting out key achievements from 2017-18. The summary demonstrates the benefits of working together as a region, saving money for our members and raising the profile of local Trading Standards services in London. Read about our achievements in our end of year report for 2017-18
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LTS campaign on illegal skin lighteners sees another prosecution

Secret haul of 2,500 products being seized is caught on camera London Trading Standards campaign against illegal skin lighteners has resulted in another successful prosecution, with fines and costs totalling £48,942, plus the imposition of a 15 week suspended prison sentence. Shaba Hair & Cosmetics (Peckham) Limited, and former Director Mr Banaras Hussain, was sentenced
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London Trading Standards calls for changes to the London lettings landscape and increased partnership working

London Trading Standards is taking the lead in seeking to stimulate and encourage more partnership working, in order to help stand up for London’s tenants and reputable landlords, and improve the rental experience for consumers. On 25 January 2018, London Trading Standards held its first ever lettings focused seminar entitled Agenda for Change – London
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Christmas shoppers advised to beware of online fraud

London Trading Standards is concerned about the capital’s Christmas shoppers putting themselves at risk of online fraud this season. The advice is to take your time and do your research before you click that ‘buy’ button. This follows new research showing that more than two thirds of online shoppers surveyed leave out key safety checks,
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Caught in a trap? Millions still unclear about what they sign up for

Have you ever been locked into a subscription for an offering you didn’t sign up for? Or maybe you know someone else who has? It’s estimated that two million people across the UK still experience issues cancelling regular subscription payments that they didn’t even realise they had authorised. Now to help with the issue two
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Trading Standards are keeping London safe over bonfire night

Figures published by London Trading Standards show the good news that the vast majority of shops across the capital are rightly refusing to sell fireworks to young people. It is illegal to sell “adult” fireworks (category F2) to anyone under 18. In 2016, 256 firework test purchases were attempted by 22 London Trading Standards departments,
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