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Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

A couple who claim they are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid rent have called for a ban on the letting agency accused of withholding the money.

Lindsay Chick and his wife, Lesley, made a 900-mile round trip from their home in Kent to a tribunal in Glasgow last week to argue that Location, based in Lanarkshire, should be kept off the new national register.

From October, anyone carrying out agency letting work in Scotland must be registered or face a fine of up to £50,000 and six months in jail.

The Chick family, which raised a case against Location at the First-tier Tribunal, which deals with disputes in the private property sector, claim that the letting firm, which managed five properties in Lanarkshire for them, failed to hand over around £7,000 in rent from tenants.

Lindsay told the tribunal: “I feel people behaving in this way shouldn’t be allowed to trade.

“We’re desperate to do everything we can to ensure others are protected from the experience we’ve had at the hands of Location.”

Buy-to-let landlords in the UK and abroad are collectively owed almost £20,000 by the Lanarkshire-based letting firm, according to court decrees.

A Facebook group has been set up by alleged victims to share information and advice about Location, which is run by Kenny Stenhouse, a director of Letting Hamilton Ltd and Letting Airdrie Ltd with his partner Carrie Little.

It would appear that Location may have breached the recently-introduced code of practice for letting agents, according to tribunal chairman David Preston, who added that there had been “no substantive response” from the firm to the allegations made by the landlords.

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    but why let it get to 7k, nip debt in the bud a s a p, visit tenants, tell them the rent is not being passed on and get them to pay you direct, it's the agent who has broken the contract.

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