So you rent out the property on behalf of a landlord, and you think your safe from prosecution WRONG.
Corporate manslaughter is reality, not fiction, a recent case of a letting agent who rented out 30 properties for one landlord who refused to get a FULL electrical test and inspection done on his properties.
The ruling was the Landlord was guilty for not carrying out his due diligence and protecting the safety of his tenants by not getting a FULL electrical inspection carried out on his properties; he was fined £,750,000.00 and given a 2 year prison sentence.
What has this got to do with letting agents! As far as the Judge was concerned, the letting agent had a duty of care to the tenant, to ensure the property he was letting was safe, and that all measures had been carried out by the landlord to ensure this had been done, before letting the property.
The letting agent was fined £100,000.00 and given a 1 year suspended sentence, his defence was, I did not know! the Judges answer, ignorance of the law is no excuse, you had a duty to protect the tenants and as far as possible ensure their safety, by letting the landlord refuse to carry out a full Electrical test by an approved body you failed in that duty of care, you put money before safety that is unacceptable.
His insurance will not pay out to cover him as he did not in the eyes of the law act professionally.