Online letting agency apologises for featuring another unlicensed HMO

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Online letting agency apologises for featuring another unlicensed HMO previous nextRegulation & LawOnline letting agency apologises for featuring another unlicensed HMOSpotahome says it has now taken measures to prevent booking at the property on its platform. Similar unlicensed properties were featured on its platform earlier this year.Nigel Lewis11th December 20190699 Views Online letting agent Spotahome has apologised after another illegal HMO was found listed on its platform despite it promising earlier this year to prevent this kind of listing.In June both an anonymous industry blogger and The Negotiator highlighted several properties on the company’s website which were evidently unlicensed HMO properties, and two months ago a national newspaper also ran a story highlighting similarly unlicensed five and six-bedroom houses on its platform.At the time Spotahome promised that it would adjust its internal processes to help the company’s self-employed local representatives identify HMOs when preparing property details and photos for the site.But blogger DodgyAgent has claimed online that at least one unlicensed HMO remains on its site, a six-bedroom maisonette in Camden.Licensing regulations“The Times reached out to us in September amid concerns that a number of properties listed on our platform did not adhere with local licensing regulations,” a Spotahome spokesperson told The Negotiator.“We took immediate action to unpublish those for which the agents who listed on our platform could not provide evidence that the necessary HMO licenses had been granted or applied for.“As a consequence, none of these properties have been bookable on our platform since then.“The property highlighted in a recent blog post that you are referring to was not included in the list of properties communicated to us by The Times, despite the photo subsequently having been used in The Times article.“We welcome this flag and have now taken similar actions with this property. We confirm that it can no longer be booked on our platform.” DodgyAgent blog camden spotahome December 11, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more