Bournemouth barman homeless after giving entire savings to fraudulent rental company

Bournemouth Echo: ‘MY HEART SANK’: Dean Strutt and his partner Kasia Siewiorek ‘MY HEART SANK’: Dean Strutt and his partner Kasia Siewiorek

A BOURNEMOUTH barman has been left homeless after he gave his entire savings to a fraudulent property rental company.

Dean Strutt, 26, handed over more than £1,000 to secure a flat in Argyll Road that had been advertised in a newsagent’s window.

But on the day he and his girlfriend Kasia Siewiorek, a kitchen porter, were due to be handed the keys, he received a text message saying the “lettings company” had gone into liquidation and the banks would be in contact about refunding his money.

This never happened and he later discovered the company was not a legitimate business and the person who showed him the property had also used a false name.

Dean, a full-time barman at Chaplin’s in Boscombe, is now effectively homeless, with no permanent address, and only able to keep working through the goodwill of his work colleagues and friends.

He said: “I had never rented a private property before and in my naivety didn’t think anything was suspicious. The guy was very professional and knew everything about the property.

“I got a receipt and had several texts from him telling me when I could move in. When I got the text about the liquidation I nearly fainted. I started shaking, my heart just sank.”

Bournemouth East Neighbour-hood Inspector Chris Weeks said: “The matter was initially referred to Action Fraud as normal and has been passed to Dorset Police. The matter is now subject to a thorough police investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

“If anyone is considering renting property we would ask them to follow this crime prevention advice.

“Never hand over a penny until you have visited a property in person, and if you have any suspicions that the person showing you around isn’t who they say they are tell the police or trading standards immediately.

“The only way you can really protect yourself against becoming a victim of scams like this is to only rent through a reputable lettings agent, and to always remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

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10:12am Sun 29 Dec 13

Peroni says...

Did Chris Weeks read it !
The guy WAS shown around the rental !
Great crime prevention tactics Chris lol
I feel for the couple ......now in life they will treat all as a potential scammer or criminal ,sad .
Hope they bounce back ,and have a better new year !
And I hope the scum bag is caught !
Did Chris Weeks read it ! The guy WAS shown around the rental ! Great crime prevention tactics Chris lol I feel for the couple ......now in life they will treat all as a potential scammer or criminal ,sad . Hope they bounce back ,and have a better new year ! And I hope the scum bag is caught ! Peroni

11:05am Sun 29 Dec 13

saynomore says...

So sad the naivety of the young,con men pray on this,as P.T.Barnum the American showman said " Theres a sucker born every minute" I hope the couple go forward to a better time in 2014,it takes a long time for a young couple to save £1000 in these hard times.
So sad the naivety of the young,con men pray on this,as P.T.Barnum the American showman said " Theres a sucker born every minute" I hope the couple go forward to a better time in 2014,it takes a long time for a young couple to save £1000 in these hard times. saynomore

11:35am Sun 29 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

Its easy to say he shouldn't have been so stupid to hand over £1000 to someone on the strength of a advert in newsagents window and a mobile phone number but with the high cost of renting in Bournemouth and low wages people are forced to take these risks rather than use an authorised but expensive letting agents.
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It seems that the Council and other agencies bend over backwards to help people who don't work find safe and secure accommodation but decent honest people like Dean and Kasia are left fend for themselves. I hope that 2014 brings this couple better luck and a somewhere to stay.
Its easy to say he shouldn't have been so stupid to hand over £1000 to someone on the strength of a advert in newsagents window and a mobile phone number but with the high cost of renting in Bournemouth and low wages people are forced to take these risks rather than use an authorised but expensive letting agents. . It seems that the Council and other agencies bend over backwards to help people who don't work find safe and secure accommodation but decent honest people like Dean and Kasia are left fend for themselves. I hope that 2014 brings this couple better luck and a somewhere to stay. BmthNewshound

11:45am Sun 29 Dec 13

Talkingheadera says...

What a load of rubbish re using an agent. Did you not read the echo the other day where people lost their deposits as an agent went busy and used their deposits.!
This is a very unfortunate incident. Maybe paying deposit by cheque rather than cash would be better and getting some form of I.d from the supposed landlord would be best.
I am a landlord and rent privately and through agents.nobody has ever asked for proof that I am the landlord though.
But to say use an agent is utter nonsense.
What a load of rubbish re using an agent. Did you not read the echo the other day where people lost their deposits as an agent went busy and used their deposits.! This is a very unfortunate incident. Maybe paying deposit by cheque rather than cash would be better and getting some form of I.d from the supposed landlord would be best. I am a landlord and rent privately and through agents.nobody has ever asked for proof that I am the landlord though. But to say use an agent is utter nonsense. Talkingheadera

11:49am Sun 29 Dec 13

CasuallyDressed says...

I was nearly a victim of something very similar, except when I got to the property I was met with blank faces when they opened the door. Clearly a scam. If this poor guy was actually shown around the property then I can totally understand why he believed it was legit.

Bar and kitchen staff are nearly always on minimum wage so I can imagine it took them a long time to get £1,000 together. Now unfortunately they will never trust private landlords and instead have to pay the horrendous charges of a letting agent.

I'm glad that he has good friends to put him up, becoming essentially homeless is one thing but to then lose your job at the same time would probably break him. All at xmas too. Sucks.
I was nearly a victim of something very similar, except when I got to the property I was met with blank faces when they opened the door. Clearly a scam. If this poor guy was actually shown around the property then I can totally understand why he believed it was legit. Bar and kitchen staff are nearly always on minimum wage so I can imagine it took them a long time to get £1,000 together. Now unfortunately they will never trust private landlords and instead have to pay the horrendous charges of a letting agent. I'm glad that he has good friends to put him up, becoming essentially homeless is one thing but to then lose your job at the same time would probably break him. All at xmas too. Sucks. CasuallyDressed

11:55am Sun 29 Dec 13

MMM444 says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Its easy to say he shouldn't have been so stupid to hand over £1000 to someone on the strength of a advert in newsagents window and a mobile phone number but with the high cost of renting in Bournemouth and low wages people are forced to take these risks rather than use an authorised but expensive letting agents.
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It seems that the Council and other agencies bend over backwards to help people who don't work find safe and secure accommodation but decent honest people like Dean and Kasia are left fend for themselves. I hope that 2014 brings this couple better luck and a somewhere to stay.
Perfectly put, true to say, the only way to get housed is to become a scumbag
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Its easy to say he shouldn't have been so stupid to hand over £1000 to someone on the strength of a advert in newsagents window and a mobile phone number but with the high cost of renting in Bournemouth and low wages people are forced to take these risks rather than use an authorised but expensive letting agents. . It seems that the Council and other agencies bend over backwards to help people who don't work find safe and secure accommodation but decent honest people like Dean and Kasia are left fend for themselves. I hope that 2014 brings this couple better luck and a somewhere to stay.[/p][/quote]Perfectly put, true to say, the only way to get housed is to become a scumbag MMM444

11:59am Sun 29 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Its easy to say he shouldn't have been so stupid to hand over £1000 to someone on the strength of a advert in newsagents window and a mobile phone number but with the high cost of renting in Bournemouth and low wages people are forced to take these risks rather than use an authorised but expensive letting agents.
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It seems that the Council and other agencies bend over backwards to help people who don't work find safe and secure accommodation but decent honest people like Dean and Kasia are left fend for themselves. I hope that 2014 brings this couple better luck and a somewhere to stay.
Basically agree, but to be fair to the guy he did not hand over the money on the strength of just a newsagent's window advert, after responding to it he was also given a decently conducted inspection of a 'property' - a point the Police spokesman seems to have completely missed by suggesting this part of the process would be a useful way of avoiding......exactl
y what then happened.

I hope next year is much kinder to this young hard working couple and someone's collar is felt soon!
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Its easy to say he shouldn't have been so stupid to hand over £1000 to someone on the strength of a advert in newsagents window and a mobile phone number but with the high cost of renting in Bournemouth and low wages people are forced to take these risks rather than use an authorised but expensive letting agents. . It seems that the Council and other agencies bend over backwards to help people who don't work find safe and secure accommodation but decent honest people like Dean and Kasia are left fend for themselves. I hope that 2014 brings this couple better luck and a somewhere to stay.[/p][/quote]Basically agree, but to be fair to the guy he did not hand over the money on the strength of just a newsagent's window advert, after responding to it he was also given a decently conducted inspection of a 'property' - a point the Police spokesman seems to have completely missed by suggesting this part of the process would be a useful way of avoiding......exactl y what then happened. I hope next year is much kinder to this young hard working couple and someone's collar is felt soon! muscliffman

12:10pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Rabbitman64 says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Its easy to say he shouldn't have been so stupid to hand over £1000 to someone on the strength of a advert in newsagents window and a mobile phone number but with the high cost of renting in Bournemouth and low wages people are forced to take these risks rather than use an authorised but expensive letting agents.
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It seems that the Council and other agencies bend over backwards to help people who don't work find safe and secure accommodation but decent honest people like Dean and Kasia are left fend for themselves. I hope that 2014 brings this couple better luck and a somewhere to stay.
It is right that the council help people who do not have a job. You should not criticise the council for that. It is a very nasty story and I hope 2014 is a lot better. Another example of the spivs in the UK.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Its easy to say he shouldn't have been so stupid to hand over £1000 to someone on the strength of a advert in newsagents window and a mobile phone number but with the high cost of renting in Bournemouth and low wages people are forced to take these risks rather than use an authorised but expensive letting agents. . It seems that the Council and other agencies bend over backwards to help people who don't work find safe and secure accommodation but decent honest people like Dean and Kasia are left fend for themselves. I hope that 2014 brings this couple better luck and a somewhere to stay.[/p][/quote]It is right that the council help people who do not have a job. You should not criticise the council for that. It is a very nasty story and I hope 2014 is a lot better. Another example of the spivs in the UK. Rabbitman64

1:40pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Ralph Horris says...

I'm selling London Bridge. Is he interested ?
I'm selling London Bridge. Is he interested ? Ralph Horris

2:59pm Sun 29 Dec 13

jinglebell says...

Ralph Horris wrote:
I'm selling London Bridge. Is he interested ?
A really stupid comment. This young couple were shown round the flat by a con man with false credentials and gave all the money they had - well over a £1,000 - to secure it.
To be left homeless is no joke....they are still going to work and haven't asked anyone to help them out ...friends and work colleagues are doing all they can. It only got in the Echo because locals have heard about it and feel really upset for them and are doing what they can to help them.
This was a well thought out fraud.
[quote][p][bold]Ralph Horris[/bold] wrote: I'm selling London Bridge. Is he interested ?[/p][/quote]A really stupid comment. This young couple were shown round the flat by a con man with false credentials and gave all the money they had - well over a £1,000 - to secure it. To be left homeless is no joke....they are still going to work and haven't asked anyone to help them out ...friends and work colleagues are doing all they can. It only got in the Echo because locals have heard about it and feel really upset for them and are doing what they can to help them. This was a well thought out fraud. jinglebell

3:03pm Sun 29 Dec 13

High Treason says...

How about a whip round for this couple to give them some hope in the new years. I will give £10 if the Echo sorts out the rest.
How about a whip round for this couple to give them some hope in the new years. I will give £10 if the Echo sorts out the rest. High Treason

3:13pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Lucky Rich says...

There,s some rotten bu**ers out there ,such a shame when they take advantage of hard working people trying to make a decent start to there life,hope the authoritys can find the culprit & get the young pairs money back for them . good luck for the future to the pair of you .
There,s some rotten bu**ers out there ,such a shame when they take advantage of hard working people trying to make a decent start to there life,hope the authoritys can find the culprit & get the young pairs money back for them . good luck for the future to the pair of you . Lucky Rich

3:19pm Sun 29 Dec 13

High Treason says...

Ralph Horris wrote:
I'm selling London Bridge. Is he interested ?
Is that to pay your legal fees?
[quote][p][bold]Ralph Horris[/bold] wrote: I'm selling London Bridge. Is he interested ?[/p][/quote]Is that to pay your legal fees? High Treason

3:30pm Sun 29 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

Ralph Horris wrote:
I'm selling London Bridge. Is he interested ?
He's English....not American.
[quote][p][bold]Ralph Horris[/bold] wrote: I'm selling London Bridge. Is he interested ?[/p][/quote]He's English....not American. O'Reilly

5:42pm Sun 29 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

High Treason wrote:
How about a whip round for this couple to give them some hope in the new years. I will give £10 if the Echo sorts out the rest.
i will put £10,if echo organises it.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: How about a whip round for this couple to give them some hope in the new years. I will give £10 if the Echo sorts out the rest.[/p][/quote]i will put £10,if echo organises it. pete woodley

5:43pm Sun 29 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

High Treason wrote:
How about a whip round for this couple to give them some hope in the new years. I will give £10 if the Echo sorts out the rest.
i will put £10,if echo organises it.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: How about a whip round for this couple to give them some hope in the new years. I will give £10 if the Echo sorts out the rest.[/p][/quote]i will put £10,if echo organises it. pete woodley

6:56pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Understated says...

this sort of thing is why im scared of getting my first flat. might be safer to buy a house
this sort of thing is why im scared of getting my first flat. might be safer to buy a house Understated

7:25pm Sun 29 Dec 13

ShuttleX says...

How about Chaplins organising a whip round? Get a collection tin up on the bar (better chain it up first) and let us know it's there. I never use the place myself, but would be more than willing to pop in and put some cash in the tin. Like others have said, this young couple have worked hard for their money, for some lowlife to take it off them. Good luck to Dean and Kasia.
How about Chaplins organising a whip round? Get a collection tin up on the bar (better chain it up first) and let us know it's there. I never use the place myself, but would be more than willing to pop in and put some cash in the tin. Like others have said, this young couple have worked hard for their money, for some lowlife to take it off them. Good luck to Dean and Kasia. ShuttleX

7:47pm Sun 29 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

ShuttleX wrote:
How about Chaplins organising a whip round? Get a collection tin up on the bar (better chain it up first) and let us know it's there. I never use the place myself, but would be more than willing to pop in and put some cash in the tin. Like others have said, this young couple have worked hard for their money, for some lowlife to take it off them. Good luck to Dean and Kasia.
A lot of the public are very wary of collection cans in bars etc.
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: How about Chaplins organising a whip round? Get a collection tin up on the bar (better chain it up first) and let us know it's there. I never use the place myself, but would be more than willing to pop in and put some cash in the tin. Like others have said, this young couple have worked hard for their money, for some lowlife to take it off them. Good luck to Dean and Kasia.[/p][/quote]A lot of the public are very wary of collection cans in bars etc. pete woodley

8:18pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Alumchiner says...

High Treason wrote:
How about a whip round for this couple to give them some hope in the new years. I will give £10 if the Echo sorts out the rest.
me too, £10 to help , happy to help them out, come on everyone lets give the couple a happy new year
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: How about a whip round for this couple to give them some hope in the new years. I will give £10 if the Echo sorts out the rest.[/p][/quote]me too, £10 to help , happy to help them out, come on everyone lets give the couple a happy new year Alumchiner

8:25pm Sun 29 Dec 13

BournemouthMum says...

How someone can do this to people is beyond me - how can they live with themseves? I hope they are caught soon and banged up for a very long time - although I wouldn't hold my breath.
How someone can do this to people is beyond me - how can they live with themseves? I hope they are caught soon and banged up for a very long time - although I wouldn't hold my breath. BournemouthMum

8:47pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Talkingheadera says...

As a responsible landlord myself I also will donate.
As a responsible landlord myself I also will donate. Talkingheadera

9:00pm Sun 29 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

Yep....it sounds like a plan... if a 100 people give a tenner....he will get his money back. A lot of people knock Dave Wells , but, he doesn't pull these strokes......not anymore anyway :)
Yep....it sounds like a plan... if a 100 people give a tenner....he will get his money back. A lot of people knock Dave Wells , but, he doesn't pull these strokes......not anymore anyway :) O'Reilly

10:56pm Sun 29 Dec 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

What name was this conman using Echo?
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What was the letting agent name?
What name was this conman using Echo? . What was the letting agent name? HRH of Boscombe

6:31am Mon 30 Dec 13

Talkingheadera says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
What name was this conman using Echo?
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What was the letting agent name?
Real est-8 was name.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: What name was this conman using Echo? . What was the letting agent name?[/p][/quote]Real est-8 was name. Talkingheadera

8:52am Mon 30 Dec 13

steve.in.sydney says...

pete woodley wrote:
High Treason wrote:
How about a whip round for this couple to give them some hope in the new years. I will give £10 if the Echo sorts out the rest.
i will put £10,if echo organises it.
Well done Pete and High Treason, put me in for ten quid as well if the Echo organise it. You've got my Email, send me the details and I'll send over the dosh. Sod it, I'll send Twenty - come on the rest of you haters on these pages, match me. Happy New Year!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: How about a whip round for this couple to give them some hope in the new years. I will give £10 if the Echo sorts out the rest.[/p][/quote]i will put £10,if echo organises it.[/p][/quote]Well done Pete and High Treason, put me in for ten quid as well if the Echo organise it. You've got my Email, send me the details and I'll send over the dosh. Sod it, I'll send Twenty - come on the rest of you haters on these pages, match me. Happy New Year! steve.in.sydney

8:55am Mon 30 Dec 13

nigglygrilly says...

Talkingheadera - my daughter is going to be looking for a flat - how can we get hold of a responsible landlord like yourself? It is SO expensive to pay agents "fees" so she has been advised to look privately - what action/securities would you recommend to ensure her safety etc?
Talkingheadera - my daughter is going to be looking for a flat - how can we get hold of a responsible landlord like yourself? It is SO expensive to pay agents "fees" so she has been advised to look privately - what action/securities would you recommend to ensure her safety etc? nigglygrilly

8:57am Mon 30 Dec 13

steve.in.sydney says...

Not wishing any more distress to this couple, but I'm sure Dave Wells could better my donation tenfold.
Not wishing any more distress to this couple, but I'm sure Dave Wells could better my donation tenfold. steve.in.sydney

9:29am Mon 30 Dec 13

rozmister says...

nigglygrilly wrote:
Talkingheadera - my daughter is going to be looking for a flat - how can we get hold of a responsible landlord like yourself? It is SO expensive to pay agents "fees" so she has been advised to look privately - what action/securities would you recommend to ensure her safety etc?
It's really hard to find a private landlord. I've viewed about 30 or 40 flats in Bournemouth easily in the past few years but only one was a private let, not for want of trying! The fees are crazy though - £300 per person. Good luck :)
[quote][p][bold]nigglygrilly[/bold] wrote: Talkingheadera - my daughter is going to be looking for a flat - how can we get hold of a responsible landlord like yourself? It is SO expensive to pay agents "fees" so she has been advised to look privately - what action/securities would you recommend to ensure her safety etc?[/p][/quote]It's really hard to find a private landlord. I've viewed about 30 or 40 flats in Bournemouth easily in the past few years but only one was a private let, not for want of trying! The fees are crazy though - £300 per person. Good luck :) rozmister

9:38am Mon 30 Dec 13

BournemouthMum says...

steve.in.sydney wrote:
Not wishing any more distress to this couple, but I'm sure Dave Wells could better my donation tenfold.
Maybe DWP will read the story and help him? That would be a great gesture and good publicity for them. I hope they do!
[quote][p][bold]steve.in.sydney[/bold] wrote: Not wishing any more distress to this couple, but I'm sure Dave Wells could better my donation tenfold.[/p][/quote]Maybe DWP will read the story and help him? That would be a great gesture and good publicity for them. I hope they do! BournemouthMum

11:13am Mon 30 Dec 13

steve.in.sydney says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
steve.in.sydney wrote:
Not wishing any more distress to this couple, but I'm sure Dave Wells could better my donation tenfold.
Maybe DWP will read the story and help him? That would be a great gesture and good publicity for them. I hope they do!
Great post BournemouthMum, I'm sure DWP will offer some help. Dave Wells attracts some awful publicity, not all of it warranted. I bought a Jag Mark 10 from the Dave Wells car yard in 1976 for 90 quid, & I have no complaints, I got what I paid for. Come on Dave, the least you can do is throw that 90 quid back into the hat for these two home hunters.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve.in.sydney[/bold] wrote: Not wishing any more distress to this couple, but I'm sure Dave Wells could better my donation tenfold.[/p][/quote]Maybe DWP will read the story and help him? That would be a great gesture and good publicity for them. I hope they do![/p][/quote]Great post BournemouthMum, I'm sure DWP will offer some help. Dave Wells attracts some awful publicity, not all of it warranted. I bought a Jag Mark 10 from the Dave Wells car yard in 1976 for 90 quid, & I have no complaints, I got what I paid for. Come on Dave, the least you can do is throw that 90 quid back into the hat for these two home hunters. steve.in.sydney

11:51am Mon 30 Dec 13

MMM444 says...

steve.in.sydney wrote:
BournemouthMum wrote:
steve.in.sydney wrote:
Not wishing any more distress to this couple, but I'm sure Dave Wells could better my donation tenfold.
Maybe DWP will read the story and help him? That would be a great gesture and good publicity for them. I hope they do!
Great post BournemouthMum, I'm sure DWP will offer some help. Dave Wells attracts some awful publicity, not all of it warranted. I bought a Jag Mark 10 from the Dave Wells car yard in 1976 for 90 quid, & I have no complaints, I got what I paid for. Come on Dave, the least you can do is throw that 90 quid back into the hat for these two home hunters.
£90 for a Mk10 Jag, you were robbed, i had a Standard Pennant off him in Windham rd in 1972, £10, and a months tax on it, best car i ever had, Hope Dave does help these two out or puts up a nice reward to catch this scammer
[quote][p][bold]steve.in.sydney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve.in.sydney[/bold] wrote: Not wishing any more distress to this couple, but I'm sure Dave Wells could better my donation tenfold.[/p][/quote]Maybe DWP will read the story and help him? That would be a great gesture and good publicity for them. I hope they do![/p][/quote]Great post BournemouthMum, I'm sure DWP will offer some help. Dave Wells attracts some awful publicity, not all of it warranted. I bought a Jag Mark 10 from the Dave Wells car yard in 1976 for 90 quid, & I have no complaints, I got what I paid for. Come on Dave, the least you can do is throw that 90 quid back into the hat for these two home hunters.[/p][/quote]£90 for a Mk10 Jag, you were robbed, i had a Standard Pennant off him in Windham rd in 1972, £10, and a months tax on it, best car i ever had, Hope Dave does help these two out or puts up a nice reward to catch this scammer MMM444

12:32pm Mon 30 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

Come on everybody who's the scammer.
Come on everybody who's the scammer. pete woodley

5:46pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Azphreal says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Its easy to say he shouldn't have been so stupid to hand over £1000 to someone on the strength of a advert in newsagents window and a mobile phone number but with the high cost of renting in Bournemouth and low wages people are forced to take these risks rather than use an authorised but expensive letting agents.
.
It seems that the Council and other agencies bend over backwards to help people who don't work find safe and secure accommodation but decent honest people like Dean and Kasia are left fend for themselves. I hope that 2014 brings this couple better luck and a somewhere to stay.
How do the council 'bend over backwards' to help people who do not work? I would love to see your proof of this. You do know that the people get put on the housing list (which WILL take years) and normally will be given a list of landlords to contacts themselves. The problem is almost all the big letting agents want a guarantor and many people do not have someone who are able to do it for them meaning its likely they will have to go private which leaves them open to fraud like this. Looking at how you word your post do you think that people who do not work are not 'decent honest people'?
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Its easy to say he shouldn't have been so stupid to hand over £1000 to someone on the strength of a advert in newsagents window and a mobile phone number but with the high cost of renting in Bournemouth and low wages people are forced to take these risks rather than use an authorised but expensive letting agents. . It seems that the Council and other agencies bend over backwards to help people who don't work find safe and secure accommodation but decent honest people like Dean and Kasia are left fend for themselves. I hope that 2014 brings this couple better luck and a somewhere to stay.[/p][/quote]How do the council 'bend over backwards' to help people who do not work? I would love to see your proof of this. You do know that the people get put on the housing list (which WILL take years) and normally will be given a list of landlords to contacts themselves. The problem is almost all the big letting agents want a guarantor and many people do not have someone who are able to do it for them meaning its likely they will have to go private which leaves them open to fraud like this. Looking at how you word your post do you think that people who do not work are not 'decent honest people'? Azphreal

8:08pm Mon 30 Dec 13

misplacedspaniard says...

Talkingheadera wrote:
What a load of rubbish re using an agent. Did you not read the echo the other day where people lost their deposits as an agent went busy and used their deposits.!
This is a very unfortunate incident. Maybe paying deposit by cheque rather than cash would be better and getting some form of I.d from the supposed landlord would be best.
I am a landlord and rent privately and through agents.nobody has ever asked for proof that I am the landlord though.
But to say use an agent is utter nonsense.
You landlords make me sick. It's thanx to you are bankers with a 'w' that most young people (and middle aged) cannot get onto the property ladder.

There should be a law that if a landlord decides to rent our their property then some of the capital from that property should be passed down to the tenant should you decide to sell. Instead of leaving the poor b***ers homeless help them onto the property ladder with your ritches. Filth the lot of you!
[quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish re using an agent. Did you not read the echo the other day where people lost their deposits as an agent went busy and used their deposits.! This is a very unfortunate incident. Maybe paying deposit by cheque rather than cash would be better and getting some form of I.d from the supposed landlord would be best. I am a landlord and rent privately and through agents.nobody has ever asked for proof that I am the landlord though. But to say use an agent is utter nonsense.[/p][/quote]You landlords make me sick. It's thanx to you are bankers with a 'w' that most young people (and middle aged) cannot get onto the property ladder. There should be a law that if a landlord decides to rent our their property then some of the capital from that property should be passed down to the tenant should you decide to sell. Instead of leaving the poor b***ers homeless help them onto the property ladder with your ritches. Filth the lot of you! misplacedspaniard

9:04pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Miss Appropriate says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
Talkingheadera wrote:
What a load of rubbish re using an agent. Did you not read the echo the other day where people lost their deposits as an agent went busy and used their deposits.!
This is a very unfortunate incident. Maybe paying deposit by cheque rather than cash would be better and getting some form of I.d from the supposed landlord would be best.
I am a landlord and rent privately and through agents.nobody has ever asked for proof that I am the landlord though.
But to say use an agent is utter nonsense.
You landlords make me sick. It's thanx to you are bankers with a 'w' that most young people (and middle aged) cannot get onto the property ladder.

There should be a law that if a landlord decides to rent our their property then some of the capital from that property should be passed down to the tenant should you decide to sell. Instead of leaving the poor b***ers homeless help them onto the property ladder with your ritches. Filth the lot of you!
I am a private landlord and I have a flat that I rent out. The tenants pay a deposit which is not held by me but by a government authorised tenancy depost protection scheme (DPS). This was set up in 2007 to protect tenants losing their deposits. The rent the tenant pays just covers the mortgage. It does not pay for the redecoration of the flat, repairing or replacing fixtures or fittings or the gas safety checks and service every year and other rules and regs that I have to abide by as a landlord. My tenants are on contracts and should I wish to sell they would remain till the end of their contract before I sold or I would sell the property with them as sitting tenants which is how I bought the property with tenants in. Why on earth would I give my tenants some of the capital to get on the property ladder? Thats if the property made a profit in the first place. I also pay a higher interest rate because its a buy to let. Also in the past this property has been completely trashed by tenants and don't say the insurance covers it because it doesn't cover the lost wages in trying to get all the work done and loss of rent and my insurance goes up! This flat is my pension policy as I spent 16 years looking after my severly disabled son and wasn't able to pay into a pension because I didn't work.
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish re using an agent. Did you not read the echo the other day where people lost their deposits as an agent went busy and used their deposits.! This is a very unfortunate incident. Maybe paying deposit by cheque rather than cash would be better and getting some form of I.d from the supposed landlord would be best. I am a landlord and rent privately and through agents.nobody has ever asked for proof that I am the landlord though. But to say use an agent is utter nonsense.[/p][/quote]You landlords make me sick. It's thanx to you are bankers with a 'w' that most young people (and middle aged) cannot get onto the property ladder. There should be a law that if a landlord decides to rent our their property then some of the capital from that property should be passed down to the tenant should you decide to sell. Instead of leaving the poor b***ers homeless help them onto the property ladder with your ritches. Filth the lot of you![/p][/quote]I am a private landlord and I have a flat that I rent out. The tenants pay a deposit which is not held by me but by a government authorised tenancy depost protection scheme (DPS). This was set up in 2007 to protect tenants losing their deposits. The rent the tenant pays just covers the mortgage. It does not pay for the redecoration of the flat, repairing or replacing fixtures or fittings or the gas safety checks and service every year and other rules and regs that I have to abide by as a landlord. My tenants are on contracts and should I wish to sell they would remain till the end of their contract before I sold or I would sell the property with them as sitting tenants which is how I bought the property with tenants in. Why on earth would I give my tenants some of the capital to get on the property ladder? Thats if the property made a profit in the first place. I also pay a higher interest rate because its a buy to let. Also in the past this property has been completely trashed by tenants and don't say the insurance covers it because it doesn't cover the lost wages in trying to get all the work done and loss of rent and my insurance goes up! This flat is my pension policy as I spent 16 years looking after my severly disabled son and wasn't able to pay into a pension because I didn't work. Miss Appropriate

2:34am Tue 31 Dec 13

Nigel Blumenthal says...

We've been in the position of being landlords too, and we were taken advantage of by a couple who came across as being the nicest, most dependable couple. We found out after they left, leaving me with over 1,000 worth of damage, that he was later "had up" for fraud, and, I believe, is currently serving time as a guest of Her Majesty.

However, I will also donate a tenner if there's a fund organised. C'mon Echo - can't your website accept Paypal donations?
We've been in the position of being landlords too, and we were taken advantage of by a couple who came across as being the nicest, most dependable couple. We found out after they left, leaving me with over 1,000 worth of damage, that he was later "had up" for fraud, and, I believe, is currently serving time as a guest of Her Majesty. However, I will also donate a tenner if there's a fund organised. C'mon Echo - can't your website accept Paypal donations? Nigel Blumenthal

6:04pm Tue 31 Dec 13

jeremyclarke says...

As this seems a genuine scam, I believe the perpetrator should be named to warn others. I run a lettings agency myself in Christchurch and will happily put £100 towards helping these guys just let me know how and when.
As this seems a genuine scam, I believe the perpetrator should be named to warn others. I run a lettings agency myself in Christchurch and will happily put £100 towards helping these guys just let me know how and when. jeremyclarke

6:12pm Tue 31 Dec 13

jeremyclarke says...

Just looked and this flat is available, if Dean wants to call me on Thursday when I'm back at work we'll see what we can sort out.
http://www.rightmove
.co.uk/property-to-r
ent/property-1695071
9.html
Just looked and this flat is available, if Dean wants to call me on Thursday when I'm back at work we'll see what we can sort out. http://www.rightmove .co.uk/property-to-r ent/property-1695071 9.html jeremyclarke

6:16pm Tue 31 Dec 13

MMM444 says...

jeremyclarke wrote:
Just looked and this flat is available, if Dean wants to call me on Thursday when I'm back at work we'll see what we can sort out.
http://www.rightmove

.co.uk/property-to-r

ent/property-1695071

9.html
Well done Sir, think this couple will be very grateful to you
[quote][p][bold]jeremyclarke[/bold] wrote: Just looked and this flat is available, if Dean wants to call me on Thursday when I'm back at work we'll see what we can sort out. http://www.rightmove .co.uk/property-to-r ent/property-1695071 9.html[/p][/quote]Well done Sir, think this couple will be very grateful to you MMM444

9:13pm Tue 31 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

PayPal good idea.
PayPal good idea. pete woodley

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