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Call to clamp down on agents

A clampdown on the lettings sector is needed to stop rogue agents turning it into "the property industry's Wild West", the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has warned.

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Lettings agents crackdown called for

A clampdown on the lettings sector is needed to stop rogue agents turning it into "the property industry's Wild West", the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has warned.

RICS said its research highlights the risks of unscrupulous lettings agents cashing in on the rental boom amid "a total lack of effective regulation".

Two thirds of more than 1,000 people who have rented a home in the last two years in England said they did not receive an inventory when they moved into their property, which RICS said showed the "worryingly low standards" tenants have come to expect.

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