Purplebricks says its head of lettings has left after just eight months - and just days after a crisis involving tenant deposits.
A Purplebricks statement says: “Helen Ogden, head of lettings, has decided to move on from Purplebricks. We will be announcing a new head of our lettings business in due course.”
Last week it was admitted by Purplebricks that an unknown number of deposits taken from tenants by the agency were not registered with any one of the three government-backed schemes - they’re operated by MyDeposits, Deposit Protection Service and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.
At that time Purplebricks refused to say how many deposits were affected nor how long the law was breached by the deposits not being lodged in a scheme.
This gave rise to speculation that landlords may have found themselves open to the risk of prosecution.
A statement from the agency at the time said: “Due to the introduction of a new lettings IT system, a small number of tenant deposits were not paid into an authorised deposit scheme. As soon as we identified this issue, we took action and have now registered these deposits. We are currently communicating to the affected landlords and tenants.”
A spokeswoman added: “We won’t be answering any other questions.”