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Housing minister dragged into mystery of agency owing thousands

A Midlands MP says he has spoken with housing minister Kit Malthouse about the case of a two-branch lettings agency that appears to have closed in mysterious circumstances.

Earlier this week we covered the case of Holmes The Property People, formerly known as Eazy Lets; local media had reported that it closed its branches in Kingswinford and Wolverhampton, leaving several landlords and tenants angry about money owed to them.

Several individuals are quoted as saying they are owed what would be, in total, several thousands of pounds.


Attempts by the local press, and by Letting Agent Today, to speak with Holmes have been unsuccessful.

The MP for Dudley South, Mike Wood, is cited in the local Express and Star newspaper as saying he had “multiple calls” from his constituents about the agency.

He is quoted as saying: “This has clearly come as a huge shock and I have the greatest sympathy for all those affected.

“If these allegations are true then it constitutes a serious crime and should be fully investigated.

“I have already spoken to the Housing Minister about this and I will be having further meetings in Parliament this week while trying to get to the bottom of just how many people in the local area have been affected.”

A new local media report on the issue quotes an unnamed tenant who had rented through Holmes for five years saying: “My deposit was originally paid by my parents to help me. We all trusted them with the money. I left the property I was renting in November 2018 after they sold it while I was still a tenant with four children.

“It took me until March 2019 to get my deposit back after four months of cheques bouncing and a load of stress as it wasn’t my money they had, it was my parents’. At the time I reported them to the council and Companies House and was ignored by both.”

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Dodgy Agents up and Down the country are ' Closing Down 'with huge losses to Landlords and Tenants.
    Not all Agents are dodgy - But Not all Tenants are lawful either, a point lost n Govt and Tenant support groups.

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    • 25 May 2019 03:57 AM

    There will be many more LA suddenly going missing.
    Afraid the TFB has found them out.
    Unsustainable business model supported by tenant fees.
    Without them the LA becomes unviable.
    But this is good news for LA who have robust business models as they will take over the failed LA properties and consequently become more resilient.
    The cull of LA with weak business models will continue apace.
    LL would be wise to recover any deposits and hold the monies in their own bank accounts using a deposit insurance scheme like
    Other insurance schemes are available.
    The LA industry will be a declining one but a better one.
    The TFB will sqeeze out the unviable LA.
    A smaller but far stronger LA industry will result which is surely no bad thing.


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