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The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has created a Deputy Ombudsman role and reorganised the way it reviews complaints to ensure agents and consumers receive an improved service and faster outcomes through new dedicated teams and technology.
But what if a search fails to mention land earmarked for a new town, asks Katrine Sporle, Property Ombudsman?
This festive edition includes an important announcement about TPO's new Agent Portal that will transform the way we review the complaints and communicate with member agents. May we take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year from everyone at The Property Ombudsman scheme.
Property Ombudsman praises the TPO member agents for scooping 71 awards at the coveted Estate Agent of the Year Awards 2016.
Telephone bidding at auction may seem easier, but it brings extra responsibilities to both the buyer and the agent, says Katrine Sporle, Property Ombudsman?
The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has issued new guidance concerning obtaining express consent from a tenant before accessing a property.
In the curious story of the dog and the licence, the agent as the one in the doghouse, says Katrine Sporle, Property Ombudsman.
The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has today released its latest annual report revealing an increase in the number of consumers contacting the scheme for help.
In the Ombudsman’s first annual report following her appointment last year, Katrine Sporle provides an overview of 2015, which includes statistical highlights on the top issues reported by consumers, the percentage of cases supported and membership growth figures, along with several varied consumer case studies.
TPO’s work with other trade bodies and Compliance Boards adds to the scheme’s unrivalled knowledge of all sectors of the property industry. This case concerns the actions of a search provider after a buyer alleged it had failed to disclose a planning application for a new town in the vicinity of the property she had purchased.
This buyer thought he had bought a two bed property at an auction, only to discover the house had just one bedroom. The Ombudsman’s role in this case was to unravel the events that proceeded the auction, and the actions of the agent on the day itself before the gavel fell.
The tenants who made this complaint claimed the agent only disclosed all their fees and charges after they had paid a non refundable holding deposit. The Ombudsman’s independent review of the case looked at what information was disclosed and when, to assess if the tenants were treated fairly.
The complainants in this case accused their agent of misrepresenting a property and misleading them into signing a Tenancy Agreement by advertising that the property had parking.
This landlord claimed their agent was negligent and in breach of contract for its failure to adequately reference two tenants who went on to accrue significant arrears, resulting in a court possession order. The agent, who used a recognised third party referencing company, disputed the claims and the landlord lodged a complaint with TPO seeking nearly £20,000 for rent arrears together with compensation for emotional trauma and distress.
This case concerns potential buyers who claimed the agent failed to disclose material information about a planning application for the development of 850 houses opposite a property they wanted to purchase.
Do you know the difference between a sole agency & sole selling rights agreement? This case involves a family executing a sale on behalf of a deceased relative and the importance of understanding your agency agreement.
Jane Erskine, Casework Director at The Property Ombudsman, contributes to an industry article published in October's edition of The Negotiator Magazine.
The Property Ombudsman is helping to raise standards in the property industry, says Katrine Sporle, Property Ombudsman.