Scandal: ‘Charming and clever’ agent stole thousands off tenants

An agent who posed as a private landlord and took deposits off prospective tenants has escaped jail.

The case strongly reinforces arguments for the mandatory regulation of letting agents.

Konrad Hadfield, 32, advertised on a private website properties that the agency he worked for, Lawsons & Daughters, was letting.

He then stole the deposits, subsequently ignoring calls and text messages. In one case, the victim paid over not only the deposit but the supposed admin fee as well.

He also apparently advertised sub-let rooms and showed potential tenants around while the actual tenants were away.

Hadfield, who is said to have worked for at least one agency in Wandsworth, London, appeared twice at Kingston Crown Court, first in January and then last month.

On the first occasion, he faced five charges and pleaded guilty to four, subsequently pleading guilty to all five after the further victims came forward.

He was given an eight-month sentence, suspended for one year, ordered to repay over £5,500 to his victims and ordered to do unpaid work.

At the second court appearance, he pleaded guilty to two charges concerning deposits of £1,550 and £750.

Again, Hadfield was given an eight-month suspended sentence, and ordered to repay the money and do unpaid work.

Altogether, we understand he was given 150 hours of unpaid work.

Detective Constable Andy Phillips told EYE: “Apparently he was very good at his job, and was known for being charming and clever.”

As the law stands, there is nothing whatever to stop Hadfield working in either estate or letting agency, or to be a director of a property business.

We have tried to reach Lawsons & Daughters for comment.

Lawsons & Daughters has been established for 30 years and is based in Fulham. It is an NAEA member firm. We understand from police that Hadfield is no longer working there.


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  1. surreyagent

    Until crooks like this get a prison sentence they will continue to flout the law and abuse employers trust.

    We are too wishy washy liberal in this country when it comes to handing out punishments to white collar criminals…..

    all wrong…..


  2. Eric Walker

    All the red tape, regulation and legislation in world will not prevent dishonesty without Courts providing meaningful deterrents.

  3. Traditionalist

    “Apparently he was very good at his job, and was known for being charming and clever.” oh well thats OK then, no doubt they would have thrown the book at him had he not been! AKA – snake oil salesman.  It is stealing and where you are placed in a position of trust, then surely  a sentence which reflects this would have been more appropriate.  As Eric has rightly said, no amount of accreditations is going to stop this. Dishonesty is dishonesty and should be dealt with much more seriously, where is the deterrent for others who are minded to do this. Many of these crooks hide behind accreditations like ARLA/NAEA because they constantly tell the public that only agents who belong to these two organisations can be trusted.  Yet another example that it makes absolutely no difference whatsoever being affiliated to these so called professional associations, only very harsh sentences using the laws we already have in place, will protect the public from these sorts of despicable people. 

  4. secretagent14

    It would seem that this is not an isolated incident with this agency. Despicable



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