Letting agent jailed for deposit theft

Posted: 19/2/2017

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Manchester landlord Tahir ‘Tony’ Khaliq has been jailed for 45 months on several offences relating to his letting agency and property empire. Principaly he took holding deposits from tenants, told them that they didn't pass the credit checks, then failed to return the deposits and pocketed them instead. If you are interested in a rental property, most agents will now ask you for an application fee and/or a holding deposit. This is normal. But before you pay anything, make sure that you read the terms and conditions relating to such payments and that the agent is a member of a recognised redress scheme. At Key One Property for instance, we will return your deposit in full, if you fail credit checks and are not offered the property.

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