Oxford letting agent forced to pay back money after tricking students

Trading standards win compensation from rogue letting agent

Trading standards win compensation from rogue letting agent

First published in News thisisoxfordshire: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

A rogue letting agent who tricked students into paying to rent a house they could not live in has been forced to pay back all of the money he swindled from them.

Zulfiqar Hussain took a deposit and a month’s rent from seven students so they could live in a house in East Oxford but when they came to move in they found out the house was not in Hussain’s care.

Hussain - who founded Charles Lawson Lettings in Cowley Road in 2005 - admitted seven counts of engaging in an unfair commercial practice after the incident in 2009 and was ordered to pay the money back.

But he had not paid the £3,292 all back until Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team recently applied for compensation orders.

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