Six agents expelled from the Property Ombudsman Scheme

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has published its latest list of agents recently expelled from the scheme.

Between July and September (inclusive), the agents were excluded from The Property Ombudsman (TPO) for failing to pay compensatory awards.

Ivory and Hatton, a sales and lettings agent in Canary Wharf, London. TPO found that two rent payments had been retained instead of being transferred to the landlord. The complaint was suppprted with an award made for the rent owed and avoidable aggravation, totalling nearly £4.5k. Despite contact details for Ivory and Hatton not working, its website is still active and displaying properties for sale and rent.

Elite Property Management and Lettings Ltd, a sales and lettings agent in Liverpool. This agent failed to pay two outstanding awards, one of which was over £9,000 after funds were absconded and withheld from the landlord. TPO do not believe that Elite Property Management and Lettings Ltd is still trading. There is no online presence and listings on portals have been removed.

Easy Lettings Ltd, a sales and letting agent in Finchley, London. A complaint against them came from a landlord when she struggled to get control back of one of her flats due to a binding contract in place that the agent failed to bring to her attention. TPO made an award of £1,000. There is no evidence to suggest that Easy Lettings Ltd is still trading, but it appears it could have rebranded as Easy Estates Group Ltd. TPO has provided all information on potential linked companies to Trading Standards.

LS Lettings and Sales, a sales and lettings agent in Portsmouth. This agent has been excluded for the non-payment of a £550 award for the incorrect handling of a tenant’s deposit. There has been no online presence found for LS Lettings and Sales and Google street view suggests that the branch is closed and available to rent.

Shepherds Place Property Sourcing Services Ltd, a buying agent in Blackburn. In a complaint against Shepherds Place Property, TPO found that properties identified did not met the investors criteria and a clause in the buying agreement which allowed a deposit to be retained was not made clear. This resulted in a £3,000 award being made. TPO is unable to verify if this agent is still trading, but online presence has not been found.

Ewemove Wokingham, a sales and lettings agent in Wokingham, Berkshire. This agent paid £1,800 towards an £4,872 award. However, after ceasing trading it failed to make any further payments. £3,072 remains unpaid. Ewemove Wokingham failed to refer a sale back to an agent who was found to have introduced the buyer placing the seller in a position where they were potentially liable for dual fees.

All agents failed to pay awards made and were referred to the scheme’s independent Compliance Committee, which ruled that they should be excluded from The Property Ombudsman scheme.

But TPO is keen to point out that of the 2,473 financial awards made to consumers in 2020, 2,433 were paid. Some 98% of Ombudsman awards are complied with by agents demonstrating TPO’s effectiveness in ensuring consumers continue to receive appropriate redress.

As part of TPO’s process, notification of these expulsions have been shared with all relevant bodies, including both Local and National Trading Standards for further investigation.


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  1. PeeBee

    ‘Top story’… highest reads – and not one comment.

    Hillkofwad71 is definitely a big miss.  His input here would have provoked a flurry of posts with regard to the expelled Ewemove franchise, no doubt.

    As it is – and looking only at the context of the article, that case and the other “expulsions” listed appear to be several instances of barn doors being pushed shut well after the offending horses have disappeared down the lane and around the corner – where no doubt some of the offenders will simply set up again.


    1. Ostrich17

      The 2nd Ewemove franchisee to be expelled in less than 12 months.

      Not a good advert for the brand !


    Slow day for you PeeBee?

    Must be with not a lot to do other than throw fuel on the flames ; )

    Can just imagine you were one of the kids in the playground shouting “fight, fight, fight” from a distance.

    Anyways it tickled me so bravo!

    Have a super day : )

    1. PeeBee

      “Must be with not a lot to do other than throw fuel on the flames ; )”

      Nope – simply taking an extra ten seconds on a post to state the obvious.

      But on that very subject, your own days must be a lot quieter now, DONOVANMOHOG – not needing to be seen leaping to the defence every time a comment is posted (the above being prima facie evidence in case any was ever needed…)

      Don’t suppose you have an opinion you would like to offer in relation to the article, have you?

      “Can just imagine you were one of the kids in the playground shouting “fight, fight, fight” from a distance.”

      Nope – I was generally the one breaking the fight up.  I have talked down many playground skirmishes – fantastic training for working in the industry.

      Enjoy your day too.


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