Latest TPO updates:

Letting agent in Middlesbrough expelled from The Property Ombudsman Scheme

Published on Thursday, 20 September 2018. Posted in Press Releases

A local letting agent in Middlesbrough, TeesSurveyors Lettings Ltd (TSL), has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme for failing to pay awards in two cases relating to non-payment and late payment of rent. The awards total £3,133.06. This means TSL is not registered with a redress scheme, which is a requirement of every sales and letting agent in order to trade legally*.

CTSI Urges Business to consider benefits of ADR

Published on Monday, 17 September 2018.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) urges businesses to become a member of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme (CCAS), which is key to strengthening consumer confidence and protection by adopting more effective methods such as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Autumn Uplift for TPO with new systems, new members and a new Board structure

Published on Wednesday, 05 September 2018. Posted in Press Releases

The Property Ombudsman has been working on several key changes to both its Board and internal processes.  These are changes which were flagged at TPO’s Conference in June and in trade articles and in the Annual Report earlier this year. As membership numbers grow following Ombudsman Services’ decision to withdraw redress to consumers in the property sector, the changes will support greater efficiency and effectiveness for both consumers and agents.

Coventry agent owing £8.5K to elderly couple is expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme

Published on Thursday, 21 June 2018. Posted in Press Releases

Buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords in Coventry are being warned that a local sales and letting agent has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme for failing to pay awards totalling £8,583.63.  This means the firm, Lawrence Property Consultants Ltd (LPC), is not registered with a redress scheme, which is a requirement of every sales and letting agent in order to trade legally*.

LIVE Rightmove Webinar: 16th May 9:30-10:30am Handling customer complaints (with Katrine Sporle, The Property Ombudsman)

Published on Tuesday, 01 May 2018. Posted in Press Releases

The issue of housing and homes is highly emotive and when something goes wrong people feel strongly that issues should be resolved fairly, appropriately and quickly. The role that agents play as part of that process is important and how agents handle complaints is under the spotlight. MHCLG has asked what can be done to improve in-house complaint handling?