Trading standards monthly news

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December 2018

Counterfeit goods seized at market

A proactive inspection took place at the Elephant & Castle market. 311 items were seized that were believed be counterfeit. The haul included sunglasses, bags, purses and belts. These bore the trade marks of Ray Ban, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci amongst others. An investigation is on-going.

Illicit alcohol seized from two convenience stores

Following joint inspections with Licensing Police, 46 litres of high strength lagers were seized from a store in Camberwell. This followed evidence of sales of the lager being made at below legitimate duty plus VAT inclusive prices. In Walworth 99 litres of alcoholic bitters were seized at a shop as the bottles did not bear the required duty paid stamps. Police also made one arrest for immigration matters.

Joint investigation against landlords and letting agent results in £109,340 court result

A joint case between the Council's Private Sector Housing Enforcement team and trading standards resulted in fines totalling £37,500 being imposed plus costs of £16,467.30. A confiscation order of £55,372.96 was also granted under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Three brothers who had rented flats spread across the upper floors of the former Thomas a Beckett pub on the Old Kent Road were sentenced at the Inner London Crown Court following confiscation proceedings. A fourth defendant letting agent company, KKB Financial Services Limited, was also sentenced. This company was run by one of the landlord brothers.

An inspection in 2016 uncovered breaches of housing act and management regulations in respect of some of the flats and common parts and also housing in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing offences. The Director of a letting agent company was also fined for breaching unfair trading regulations after investigations into their website; and tenancy agreements found that the company was falsely claiming to be a member of the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) and also using a SAFEAGENT scheme logo, when it was neither members, nor authorised to use the logos.

In addition, the same landlord also pleaded guilty to another offence of contravening the requirements of professional diligence by actually entering into tenancy agreements for two of the properties knowing that both were subject to prohibition notices issued by the council.

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