Six agencies expelled from The Property Ombudsman

first_imgThe Property Ombudsman (TPO) has made further expulsions after six agents failed to comply with parts of the TPO Codes of Practice and pay subsequent awards made by the Ombudsman.Some appear to have ceased trading, others have re-opened trading under the same name but with different directors. All the complaints against the agents were in relation to lettings work.Although awards made by the Ombudsman in 2018 were paid by agents to consumers in 97% of cases, TPO is reminding agents that their agreement with the Property Redress Scheme, means that not only will expelled agents not be able to register for any form of redress, but any new company set up by the same directors will not be accepted for redress membership, until the Ombudsman’s award is paid.Expelled agents and outstanding awardsCiti Places Management Ltd. (trading as Citi Places Management) East LondonUnpaid award of £3,400 (active website but no properties advertised)Elite Properties Essex Ltd. (trading as Elite Properties) Grays, EssexUnpaid award of £200 (appears to have ceased trading)PM Premier Ltd. (trading as PM Premier Ltd) Redhill, North SomersetUnpaid award of £500 (The same directors have set up a new company, The Letting Station, but appear not to be registered for redress and have been referred to Trading Standards)CE Property Ltd. (trading from Bitterne Precinct as Charles Carr), based in SouthamptonUnpaid award of £350 (A new company trading under the same name but with no connected directors is trading from the same address and registered for redress with PRS)Madox Estates Ltd. (trading as Madox), based in West Kensington, LondonUnpaid award of £5,269 (Appears to have ceased trading with no active website)Gerry FitzjohnA sixth company was awarded £5000 against it, but The Negotiator is withholding the name to avoid confusion with another company with a very similar name, at their request.Gerry Fitzjohn, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of TPO’s Finance Committee, said, “In the few cases where awards remain unpaid, agents are referred to the TPO Compliance Committee, which has the power to expel agents from the scheme.If TPO becomes aware that an agent under investigation has ceased trading, complainants are promptly informed and, where an award is made, are provided with the necessary documentation to make a claim against that company.”At 31st December 2018 over 15,897 sales offices and 14,746 letting offices were registered with of Practice Expelled agents gerry fitzjohn Property Redress Scheme ombudsman The Property Ombudsman TPO August 12, 2019Chris SmedleyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Six agencies expelled from The Property Ombudsman previous nextRegulation & LawSix agencies expelled from The Property OmbudsmanGerry Fitzjohn, TPO Chairman, warns that expelled agents can be banned from carrying out agency business.Sheila Manchester12th August 201901,634 Viewslast_img read more

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