Serious Organised Crime and the Private Rented Sector 1st Oct 2015

The following statement comes directly from Police Scotland:

"Police Scotland and partners are currently engaged in enforcement and awareness raising activity around business areas, which have been identified as being linked to, or vulnerable to exploitation by Serious Organised Crime Groups.

Serious Organised Crime Groups use businesses both as a means of laundering proceeds of previous crimes, and to facilitate their continuing criminality. Certain business sectors are particularly appealing due to their ability to serve these purposes, at the expense of vulnerable and law-abiding people. In addition, this practice impacts negatively on legitimate businesses and undermines their commercial competitiveness.

The property rental sector is one such business sector known to be exploited by Organised Crime and can be used to facilitate criminality – cannabis cultivation, sexual exploitation and accommodating trafficked persons for example. Unregistered landlords and properties rented as unlicensed Houses of Multiple Occupancy can impact not only on tenants but also on landlords and letting agents who are carrying out their business in the lawful manner.

Information and advice for tenants and landlords has been added to the Police Scotland Website and can be accessed from the link below. We would urge you, in your professional capacity, to contribute to the outcomes of the Deter strand of Scotland’s Strategy to Tackle Serious Organised crime -

“Businesses are aware of threats in their sector and report any concerns”

“Businesses educate and support their customers to protect them from Serious Organised Crime”

By supporting Police Scotland and highlighting this link via your website and associated social media platforms, you can help reduce the harm caused by serious organised crime.

Organised crime... If you see something, say something."

If The Key Place staff were suspicious about activities in any of our fully managed properties, we would notify the relevant authorities.