In the event of a tenant complaint or an incident, the defence of "due diligence" may be accepted where it can be shown that the landlord or agent took all reasonable steps to avoid committing an offence - you will need documentary evidence of this. A private owner or landlord who can show that they placed responsibility on to a managing agent may escape liability. However, an agent merely introducing a tenant and not becoming involved in the inventory or management of the tenancy, may well be exempt from liability.
It is not possible to take out insurance cover to protect yourself against losses due to your own criminal acts. It is also very doubtful that insurance cover would be obtainable for losses sustained in a civil action brought against you or the legal and professional expenses involved. Your only recourse is to make absolutely sure that you fulfill your legal duties. Do this and your risks are minimal. Agents need to have in place a proper administration system to ensure compliance for the properties they manage and make sure their staff are adequately trained.
GAS Safety Register - 0800 408 5500 Gas Consumers Council - 0645 060708 HSE Gas Advice Line - 0800 300363 Transco Gas Emergency line - 0800 111999 HSE Publications - 01787 881165
Immigration Act revised 2016 should a landlord or letting agent fail to ensure ALL tenants/occupiers have a righto reside for the duration of the tenancy then they may be fined £3000 for each breach. The Secretary of State may instruct the landlord to remove such persons without the need of a court order by way of reasonable force
Labour market enforcement - restriction on illegal migrants to work. A labour market enforcement undertaking (an “LME undertaking”) is an undertaking by the person giving it (the “subject”) to comply with any prohibitions, restrictions and requirements set out in the undertaking
Under section 42 of the County Courts Act 1984 it is possible for the Court to transfer a matter from the County Court to the High Court for enforcement but leave (permission) of the Court is required first. The transfer time varies from court to court and can take up to 28 days, but normally takes far less. An application to seek permission can be made either at the time of making the possession claim or after possession has been ordered.