The former director of two websites which used a number of well-known property logos without consent has been fined in court.
Ziad Nassif, of London Room Let and Landlord Direct Investments, was taken to court by Westminster Trading Standards.
At Westminster Magistrates Court, he pleaded guilty to breaching consumer protection legislation. Under CPRs, it is specifically illegal to claim membership of an organisation when there is no such membership.
Nassif admitted arranging for the display of multiple logos on his websites and admitted this could have been misleading for both prospective tenants and landlords.
The court considered these to be serious offences, stating that “an aggravated feature of this case was the number of logos used, which viewers would recognise and would believe that their money was safe with this person”.
Among the logos used were those of NALS and SAFEagent.
The court heard that Nassif attempted to dissolve both companies and recently declared himself bankrupt.
The court took into account Nassif’s guilty plea and that he was bankrupt and prohibited from being a company director.
Fines and costs totalling £1,860 were imposed.