Shock as agent tells Ombudsman to get lost
In what can only be described as a V-sign to the Ombudsman, the estate and letting agent kicked out of the scheme has told it to go f*** itself.
He has also told local agents worried about his ‘overnight success’ to go to the Samaritans for counselling.
Yesterday, on LAT’s sister site EAT, we reported that wli.uk.com agent had been expelled from the Ombudsman scheme because of convictions for fraud.
Amerjit Singh Dhuga, the owner of wli.uk.com which has sales and lettings offices in the Midlands, was fined £3,120 with £3,417 costs for 26 offences.
As reported, although Dhuga has been expelled from voluntary membership, the law as it stands means – that unless the OFT bans him – he must continue with the basic TPO membership.
As such, he can continue to trade, deal with the public, and cock a snook at both TPO and other agents.
It begs serious questions as to how – and how quickly – agents can actually be stopped from trading, and whether the time has come for the Ombudsman to be given more teeth.
The Ombudsman statement yesterday said that “Dugha tries to put a positive spin on any bad press reports”.
And Dugha did not wait long to put his own spin on the latest events.
Yesterday, on the wli website, under the headline, ‘Welcome to the Home of England’s Finest Estate Agent’, the riposte read as follows:
WELCOME TO THE HOME OF ENGLAND’S FINEST ESTATE AGENT
Remember that feeling of falling in love?
Well, the TPOS can go f*** itself. Oh yeah… now try that for love. x
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