Agent admits stealing rent and deposit money from tenants

A letting agent has admitted stealing over £5,000 from students after telling them to pay rent and deposits into his own bank account.

They were unaware that they were paying the money into the personal bank account of Edward Fisher rather than to the firm itself.

Fisher, 33, worked for Sherlock Homes Properties as sales and lettings manager in south Manchester.

In court, he pleaded guilty to ten counts of theft and will be sentenced on January 19.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that eight victims were students, one was the mother of a student, and one was the owner of Sherlock Homes Properties. The amounts ranged from £303 to £706.

The Manchester Evening News report is here

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  1. Jrsteeve

    They don’t have a Fallowfield office, it’s in Chorlton – the Evening News got it wrong too. The company has a very muddy past from looking online!

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  2. Romain

    It is always worth mentioning that in such situations landlords are at risk.

    Indeed, once the tenant has paid the rent to the agent rent is paid and if the agent runs away with it he is in fact stealing from his principal, the landlord.

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