Andrews Property Group says it welcomes the sentence imposed on one of its branch managers after a long-running court case involving allegedly forged tenancy applications for properties which because cannabis factories and brothels.
Seun Alliu - branch manager at Andrews in Morden, south London, from 2011 to 2013 - pleaded guilty to eight fraud offences including taking a letting fee, cashing in a rent deposit and falsifying peoples' incomes to obtain tenancy references.
Last year we reported that local newspaper outlets were alleging that some of the properties let fraudulently were subsequently used as cannabis factories or brothels.
Now Alliu was been sentenced to an 18 month suspended sentence and 200 hours of community service.
A statement from Andrews reads: “We informed police as soon as we realised, through our routine compliance checks, that there were problems with the way in which Seun was operating, and have continued to comply fully with their investigation since then.
“We have also, naturally, worked hard to maintain the positive relationships we have with both landlords and tenants and a thorough audit of every property that Seun could have contact with has been carried out.”