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Agent says he's suing over BBC's Rogue Traders feature

A letting agent featured on a BBC Watchdog ‘Rogue Traders’ show has told a local newspaper that he is pursuing legal action against the corportaion. 

Letting Agent Today reported earlier in the autumn that Sanderson’s former company, Lancaster Property Network Management, had gone into voluntary liquidation. A short while later it became the subject of a Rogue Traders sting for the Watchdog programme. 

A spokesman for the BBC told the Lancaster Guardian at the time: “Rogue Traders have been investigating a local lettings agent John Sanderson, who runs LPNM. The team investigate why he has left landlords and tenants in the lurch owing them many thousands of pounds.”

The local press also claimed that Lancashire Police said it had received three reports from Action Fraud relating to the company.

Now Sanderson - who is currently involved in another comapny called One Stop Student Property Rentals - has told the media that he is preparing to sue for defamation of character and loss of earnings.

However, at the end of last week the Lancaster Guardian contacted the BBC and received a statement which read: “This is the first we have heard about legal proceedings and we have not received any communications from Mr Sanderson or his solicitors since the programme aired. Rogue Traders fully stand by their comprehensive investigation into John Sanderson and LPNM.”

  • Kristjan Byfield

    Yikes- looking at the facebook reviews posted on his new ventire (with many old clients posting about previous performance) this is the worst type of agent and this is what should be stamped out for the sake of consumers, but also the rest of us who do our job well.
    You have to ask why on Earth is he able to open another agency after the allegated previous issues. With all the regulation going on in our industry (which is generally welcomed) it is essential that major breaches like this are stamped out by any and all regulators.

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