Rent Team fraudster handed £16,000 fine at court

Communities / Thu 15th Jan 2015 at 06:15pm

A BUSINESSMAN was ordered to pay over £16,000 and given a 12 month prison sentence for defrauding landlords and tenants following an Essex Trading Standards investigation.

Sanjit Alangh, 26, of Tempest Mead, North Weald, Epping, pleaded guilty to ten offences – nine under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPUTR) 2008 and one under the Companies Act 2006.

Yesterday (Thursday 15 January), at Chelmsford Crown Court, he was given a suspended prison sentence of six months for the CPUTR offences and another six months to run consecutively for the Companies Act offence. The sentence was suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 120 hours Unpaid Work.

The Judge ordered him to pay compensation of £11,005 to 11 victims and £5,000 towards Trading Standards’ prosecution costs. Mr Alangh was also disqualified from being a company director for five years.

Mr Alangh, who at the time was a director of The Rent Team Limited, a residential letting agency operating in Harlow, is accused of deliberately defrauding landlords by failing to pass on rental payments and tenants by failing to deal with their deposits as required by law.

Cllr Roger Walters, Essex County Council lead member for Trading Standards, said: “I hope this successful prosecution will discourage other people from flouting the law like this. Many people lost hundreds of pounds as a result of Mr Alangh’s bad practice.

“Trading Standards advice to anyone renting from a private landlord is to check your tenancy agreement for the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme that your deposit is meant to be registered with and contact them.

“There are three relevant schemes in Essex – Deposit Protection Service, MyDeposits and Tenancy Deposit Scheme.”

More information and advice can be found on the government website www.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit-protection.

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