Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
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The local Norfolk newspaper Eastern Daily Press (EDP) has reported on a story that landlords using the Swaffham letting agent eHomes have been left with rents unpaid to them and tenants’ deposits unprotected.
The Property Ombudsman has already ordered eHomes to pay one landlord £10,000 including £6,600 in unpaid rent.
eHomes only Director and shareholder, Victoria Steele, has allegedly ‘gone to ground’ not returning communications from concerned landlords. The EDP reported that her last estate agency also entered into liquidation not that long ago owing at least £100,000.
The EDP said: “Victoria Steele’s last estate agency firm Prestige Lettings and Management Ltd, which she owned with her husband, Fergus Steele, appointed liquidators in July 2015. When it went into liquidation it owed HMRC £50,000 and trade creditors more than £25,000. Employees were owed £7,750 and banks another £19,246.
“But the taxman later lodged a claim saying it was owed even more at £130,000.
“According to the firm’s latest statement of affairs in September 2017, it is unlikely creditors will get any money back as the firm had just £12,700 in assets. The company was bought for that sum by Mrs Steele’s new firm, eHomes, in July 2015.”
Norfolk County Council said Trading Standards were aware of complaints made against eHomes and confirmed they were making enquiries regarding any Trading Standards breaches.
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•Anyone with concerns about eHomes should contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
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