Estate agent goes on the run after TPO refers him to Trading Standards

first_imgHome » News » Estate agent goes on the run after TPO refers him to Trading Standards previous nextRegulation & LawEstate agent goes on the run after TPO refers him to Trading StandardsLee Clarke runs Berkshire Estate Agents which owes local landlords and tenants thousands of pounds in deposits and rent.Nigel Lewis13th January 201905,533 Views An estate agent in Berkshire has gone missing and his business is under investigation by trading standards after it failed to return deposits to tenants and ignored a fine imposed by The Property Ombudsman (TPO).40-year-old Lee Clarke (left) has not been seen at his business address on the Windsor Road in Slough (pictured, above) for nearly a month and has not answered emails and phone calls from irate customers or local investigators. He is believed to be in Spain where he has business connections in Marbella.Clarke is the sole director of nine-year-old company Berkshire Estate Agents Limited.Trading StandardsThe company has ignored orders by TPO to return funds to several clients and has now been reported to both local Trading Standards and the National Trading Standards Estate Agent Team.Berkshire County Council (BCC), which is the local trading standards authority, said it was also aware that the company was no longer a member of a redress scheme and is liable to a £5,000 fine.“We can confirm we are doing everything within our powers to establish the scope of the issue,” a BCC spokesperson told local media.“It is a live investigation and is very complex. We are working with our partners including Thames Valley Police and the Property Ombudsman.”One landlord told the Slough and South Bucks Observer that Clarke had not lodged their tenants’ deposit with an approved scheme or returned the deposit to the tenants, forcing them to reimburse £4,600 from their own funds. Also, the landlord has not been paid compensation that TPO ordered Clarke to pay them.Other landlords in the area have reported that Berkshire Estate Agents has failed to pass on rents or returns deposits.The company’s website shows dozens of properties to rent and over 110 homes for sale and has live listings on OnTheMarket.com.lee clarke National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team Berkshire Estate Agents Limited slough TPO January 13, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more