Wirral-based estate agents Andrew’s Estates has been prosecuted for 11 customer protection and housing offences resulting in a fine for over £24,000.
Andrew’s Estates, which has branches in Cheshire, Liverpool and Wirral, failed to secure the deposit from seven individual tenants in a government-approved scheme.
According to Wirral View, Andrew Stephen Smith of Parkgate, also pleaded guilty to providing false information to the council and a further unfair trading oddence relating to his company’s website.
Smith and his company were ordered to pay a £24,118 in fines and costs for offences committed under the 2004 Housing Act and the 2008 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.
Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Wirral Council cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “Landlords are required to manage their property in accordance with the law.
“The failings of this company put potentially vulnerable tenant’s deposits at risk, which is unacceptable. The purpose of the selective licensing scheme is to ensure properties are being managed correctly and this case demonstrates what an invaluable tool selective licensing is.”