Agents Want Shelter To Be Probed By Charity Commission.

Date Published 18 June 2013

Letting agents are calling for Shelter’s charitable status to be withdrawn, and for the organisation to be reported to the Charity Commission

The call – supported by Martin & Co’s Ian Wilson (see separate story) – was sounded loudly and clearly in a number of comments made on LAT to our report of Shelter’s bid to get letting agent fees to tenants banned by law.

Posters said that Shelter – which was a beneficiary last year of agents’ generous fund-raising for the homeless in the form of the Estate Agents Foundation and the Zoopla Property Cycle Ride – is a political lobbying organisation and not a charity.

They claimed that this could breach the Charity Commission’s regulations, with one poster saying that donors were being misled. One poster described Shelter as a `government funded scandal`.

Some suggested making complaints to Shelter’s trustees and to MPs, as well as to the Charity Commission.

Shelter no longer features on lists of beneficiaries of the industry’s main fund-raisers this year.