An estate agent, landlord and former boxer who was refused entry to Scotland’s Letting Agency Register after Ministers said he and his company were not “fit and proper persons to carry out letting agency work” has won his appeal against the decision.
David Love (pictured, above) and his eponymous estate agency are well known in Scotland for the media coverage of his aggressive tactics when evicting tenants from properties.
Love, as well as running a boxing club, is also a landlord with multiple properties in and around Edinburgh.
He will also be familiar to regular viewers of ITV show Judge Rinder. The letting agent appeared in the programme in 2019 during which a tenant’s claim that he dumped and then disposed of her belongings into a property’s communal garden during an eviction were dismissed.
Love contends that his reputation led to Scottish Ministers barring his entry into the Lettings Agency Register and he subsequently lodged an appeal with Housing and Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland.
He told it that: “I am a professional landlord and businessman. I have a clean criminal record. There is no legal reason for this decision. I have not committed any crimes. I have been accused of a crime, but the accusations are false”.
Love also claims that Ministers did not give sufficient reasons for his exclusion from the register other than a pending criminal prosecution and a failure to attend court, and the Scottish government subsequently agreed, and told the tribunal that it no longer wanted to oppose the appeal.
The tribunal has now directed that Love and his company should be entered into the letting agent register.