Lettings agency boss posed as a tenant to get deposits
only be released after the tenant is given a special ID number from the government-approved DPS.
Martin has now admitted making phone calls on several occasions in 2012 and 2013 posing as tenants to receive the number which was then used to release funds.
Martin is believed to have bought the business five years ago, letting out residential properties in Kent.
The DPS was set up under the 2004 Housing Act to protect funds during a tenant’s stay in properties.
One of the victims was a teenager who moved into property in St Michael’s Street, Folkestone.
In May 2012, a call was made to the DPS by Martin pretending to be the tenant and asking for the special release ID.
That was repeated on other occasions for properties in Romney Marsh and High Halden– although the judge was told that all monies have now “found their way” to the rightful owners.
Martin and his company also placed an advert in a newspaper falsely carrying an ARLA logo – the Association of Residential Letting Agents – to which the company was not associated.
The lettings boss was released on unconditional bail until October. Seekers Estate Agents. Inset, Keith Martin, who has been found guilty of fraud