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Apr 07,2016
Minithumbdown
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Apr 07,2016
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*My husband and I met **4 years ago. He showed me a property to rent, I accepted, paid fees and deposit then the excuses started. The move in date was delayed numerous times until my Father in Law drove past and someone else was moving in. When I confronted **he said he knew nothing about it and the landlord must've arranged tenants. As he already had my money, I told him to find me something ASAP. He showed me another, which eventually didn't turn out. Then moved us into a property in Leighto...
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Nov 06,2015
Minithumbdown
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Nov 06,2015
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Found the property in July 2015. Was told by Ian Bowden that to remove the property from the market we would need to pay the 6 weeks deposit plus £120 for the credit checks, which we did by bank transfer. My daughter had to leave the rented property she was in on 30th September and Ian Bowden was confident the flat we had paid the deposit on would be ready by then. Long story short Ian Bowden kept putting the date back that my daughter could move in and the final straw came last week when ...
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Stop ripping people off.
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Oct 29,2015
Minithumbdown
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Oct 29,2015
6 people found
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I rented a property through Mr Ian Bowden when he was director of Bowdens. The property was very unkempt and I decorated the place to a high standard throughout. Mr Bowden even said what a good job I had done. I had paid a deposit of £890 and my monthly rent was £525. It was a tiny house but ok for me and my son. I waited 3 months for my tenancy agreement after I moved I and I never received a Tenancy Deposit Scheme certificate. When I left I had given a months notice but I got a...
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Reasonable but not stored in the correct fashion
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Reasonable but not stored in the correct fashion
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Oct 19,2015
Minithumbdown
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Oct 19,2015
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We found the property on a website, OnTheMarket.com, in July 2015. We viewed the property and was told by Ian Bowden that in order for him to remove property from the market, we would need to pay a deposit and reference fees. He took a few months to gain the references and we finally had an agreed date to move in on the 1st October 2015. Movers were booked, we were packed and all changes made when moving house. He called us the Friday before moving to tell us that the current tenants will not ...
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Sep 11,2015
Minithumbdown
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Sep 11,2015
8 people found
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***Attention all existing or future customers*** Please feel free to email me on martyrhoward71@gmail.com. we've fallen foul of this wretched man and have handed his fraudulent activities to the police. If you wish to be part of the investigation please contact me on the above email address....
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Jul 21,2015
Minithumbdown
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Jul 21,2015
10 people found
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Literally don't even bother. I am terrified of ever moving from here that I wont get my deposit back. All he has done is lie, make up stories, fiddle money between myself and the landlord. I am a single mum of two and as I said before cant imagine him having done the correct thing with the deposit. He has made up lies between myself and my landlord, blames miscommunication but its all part of his little scheme to take money for himself and blame the tenant for missed payments, cancelled standing...
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By: Angryman
Sep 10, 2015
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Please feel free to email me on martyrhoward71@gmail.com. we've fallen foul of this wretched man and have handed his fraudulent activities to the police. If you wish to be part of the investigation please contact me on the above email address.....
Jul 16,2015
Minithumbup
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Jul 16,2015
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ian bowden help me to with all paperwork before moving into the property and has always helped as quickly as possible to resolve any issuses with the property....
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Jul 07,2015
Minithumbup
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Jul 07,2015
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We have rented our property through this company for 2 years. In this time I have found them to be helpful, courteous and at all times to maintain the high professional standards you expect from them.As a tenant I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone....
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I am satisfied
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Jul 06,2015
Minithumbup
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Jul 06,2015
1 people found
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I found this agency quite reliable as they were able to sort out my accommodation within 2 weeks of contacting them. When I first contacted them in January 2015 I was desperate to move out into a 3 bedroom house in the village of Newton Longville, this would have been convenient for my children who were attending Cottesloe school by then. In the first week of contacting them I was able to view a house which I liked and moved in the following week. One thing I liked is the friendly and straight ...
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much lower comparatively
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Jun 25,2015
Minithumbdown
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Jun 25,2015
5 people found
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I was in the midst of renting a property from Mckenzie Bowden and they were very quick to ask for the deposit money before any contracts had been signed, I reluctantly did this and never received any confirmation or receipt of payment despite being told I would. When the time came to sign the contracts I was greeted by an incompetent teenager who couldn't get the dates, spelling of names or how much had already been paid correct. We had to have him reprint the contract numerous times and never ...
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By: Angryman
Sep 10, 2015
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Please feel free to email me on martyrhoward71@gmail.com. we've fallen foul of this wretched man and have handed his fraudulent activities to the police. If you wish to be part of the investigation please contact me on the above email address.....
May 20,2015
Minithumbdown
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May 20,2015
5 people found
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This man is a liar he has 2 deposits that he has not put with the dps I have tried getting them back but to no avail now gonna get police involved my last tenant he knocked there money two...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
Nothing he is a liar shouldn't be allowed to trade
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By: Angryman
Sep 10, 2015
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Please feel free to email me on martyrhoward71@gmail.com. we've fallen foul of this wretched man and have handed his fraudulent activities to the police. If you wish to be part of the investigation please contact me on the above email address.....
May 19,2015
Minithumbdown
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May 19,2015
4 people found
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DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH IAN BOWDEN! Bowden advertised a property for rent and arranged for his colleague to escort me on a viewing. Having taken receipt of my deposit, he then delayed proceedings by claiming to be waiting for references. When I put pressure on him to agree a move in date and provide a tenancy agreement, he became evasive and aggressive. Concern about his behaviour led me to this website where I found reports of cases similar to mine. A visit to the property concerned confi...
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There is nothing he could do now to put this right - 2 young children and their mum have been devastated by his wrong doing
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Mar 01,2015
Minithumbup
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Mar 01,2015
1 people found
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Bowdens gave extremely good service from both the start of our tenancy and afterwards; Mr Ian Bowden particularly being very helpful and courteous in clarifying information we'd lost in regard to dates and details of the tenancy....
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Feb 02,2015
Minithumbdown
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Feb 02,2015
12 people found
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Ian Bowden can not be trusted. I rented my mothers house out using his services. He owes me money - his cheque bounced .He charged me for a new cooker when in fact the tenant had supplied the cooker herself. He did not register her deposit and has not repaid her the deposit even though we finished using him last September....
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By: Google
Feb 05, 2015
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Just google his name used the money to fund his firm!! This information is correct as at 04/12/2014 Name: IAN BOWDEN Date of Birth: 21/04/1955 Date of Order: 03/11/2013 Length of order: 4 Years 0 Month(s) Court Number: IN THE COUNTY COURT AT MILTON KEYNES 9 OF 2014 Last Known Address: 7a OLD ROAD, LEIGHTON BUZZARD, , , , LU7 2RB Conduct: The allegation made in this report is that between March 2012 and 11 November 2013, Ian Bowden (hereinafter referred to as Ò€œMr BowdenΓ....
Dec 08,2014
Minithumbdown
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Dec 08,2014
7 people found
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I rented a property from bowden until march 2014. This man still has 800 pounds deposit of mine that he has been promising to pay back but still to this day hasn't. Never in my life have i dealt with a dodgier person. Yet for some reason he is still allowed to work in such a capacity without any such authority locking him behind bars where he belongs. Apparantly he works under the name acorn now aswell as mckenzie bowden so if you come across either of these avoid like the plague. I would like t...
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By: Justsaying
Jan 01, 2015
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Looks like Mr Bowden is doing something naughty! He is not the director or owner anymore but stats he is! MR GEORGE BOWDEN Born: 1995 Nationality: BRITISH Country: ENGLAND Posttown: MILTON KEYNES Postcode: MK17 0AP Country of residence: ENGLAND Current appointments: ACORN PROPERTY AGENTS (UK) LIMITED George Bowden has been employed at ACORN PROPERTY AGENTS (UK) LIMITED since 05 November 2013 currently as a Director (ESTATE AGENT). active Company address: ACORN PROPERTY ....
Nov 21,2014
Minithumbup
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Nov 21,2014
1 people found
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Absolutely brilliant did everything I needed and paid the dps without issue ! I have used mckenzie bowden before and would recommend them to anyone...
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By: Moore85
Jan 05, 2015
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Im wondering if ian put this up on my behalf!! I moved out in sept and also called michelle, never recieved my deposit back either and landlady is taking him to court!!....
Mar 31,2014
Minithumbdown
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Mar 31,2014
7 people found
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At first Ian Bowden was an amiable and pleasant individual however as the transaction progressed he became more elusive and proved himself to be a pathological liar on many occasions. Ultimately it transpired he did not have the property to rent and clearly was only after cash as in November 2013 he was made personally bankrupt by HMRC although certainly was still trading after this event. This transaction started in late August 2013 however as of March 2014 he has only paid back £500 o...
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By: GSAMET
Mar 29, 2015
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Just a quick update: A couple of months ago (Feb 15) Mr Bowden called me personally, out the blue, asking if I would agree to amend my review if he paid me back all the money he owed which he would do in two installments over the following few weeks. So here is my ammendment: two months later and he has NOT REPAYED A PENNY and not been in touch again. Clearly this individual has no ethics or morals so if you part with any money do it on the basis it will never be seen again.....
Oct 28,2013
Minithumbdown
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Oct 28,2013
8 people found
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Please do not use this agent in either a landlord or tenant capacity. It will cost you money unless you are very careful indeed. I made the mistake of using him as an agent and found that he lied repeatedly, did not bank the tenants deposit with the correct authorities, took an extra deposit form the tenant without telling me etc ... I also have friends who have lost money by working with him. Stay clear....
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Oct 06,2013
Minithumbdown
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Oct 06,2013
5 people found
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We rented a property from Ian Bowden for two years in Newton longville. Ian Bowden was unprofessional from the start and we had to seek advice from agents we knew about his practices. He was slow to arrange repairs when they occured and even failed to arrange others. When we moved out he promised to return our deposit of 1100 Pounds but. As we had moved abroad he seized on that opportunity and never returned the deposit. This man is by far the most unscrupulous agent we have ever dealt with a...
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Aug 28,2013
Minithumbup
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Aug 28,2013
1 people found
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I have been renting a property for about a year now and can honestly say that he is a pleasure to deal with and has been attentive whenever I have needed him. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others....
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Aug 09,2013
Minithumbdown
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Aug 09,2013
5 people found
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My friend back in July 2013 wanted to rent a house which he saw on Ian Bowdens also known as McKenzie Bowdens website. It was a terrible mistake as soon as he received deposit + his fee which came to £1095 he stopped contacting him until one week before my friend was due to move in, then he started bombarding him with more calls asking him to pay for 3 months of rent in advance saying that he never received references. That\'s when we got a bit suspicious and we started researching him on ...
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Jul 30,2013
Minithumbup
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Jul 30,2013
1 people found
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I have recently bought a house and used the services of McKenzie Bowden. I dealt with Ian Bowden throughout. In general he was helpful and his responses were speedy. Mr Bowden helped where possible to liaise with the vendor of the property to move the purchase along as I needed it be complete fairly quickly. Overall it was a fairly positive experience....
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Jul 16,2013
Minithumbup
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Jul 16,2013
0 people found
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we dealt with Ian Bowden at the Newton Longville branch and found him to be very personable and helpful, all queries we had throughout the process were dealt with quickly and efficiently...
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Jul 08,2013
Minithumbup
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Jul 08,2013
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Ian Bowden of \'Bowdens Estate Agents\' has always given us a personal and professional service. We moved to MK from Scotland for a six month business contract and he arranged a six month let in a lovely family property. The work contract was extended and the tenancy agreement came to an end, Ian Bowden arranged a new property for my family and helped arrange our move over a three day period thus minimising the disruption. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any property dealings....
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Jul 08,2013
Minithumbup
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Jul 08,2013
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What I can say about Mr Bowden and the service that we received. I contact Mr Bowden when I was looking to move to a village different area. Ian was so helpful and found us the most perfect house in the location that we only dreamed of moving to. It was hassle free, stress free, First class service and would highly recommend Bowdens to anyone....
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Jun 27,2013
Minithumbdown
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Jun 27,2013
8 people found
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Ian Bowden is an accomplished con artist who successfully duped me and my husband into trusting him. It wasn\'t until we had moved in to the property and got back the tenancy agreement that we realised he had changed the rent amount on our paperwork and FORGED my signature on that page. I always take great care to initial each page of a contract and it is plainly obvious that the writing on this page is a copy of my handwriting, not the genuine article. He also failed to lodge our deposit with a...
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Nothing could persuade me to trust an agent who thinks nothing of conducting illegal activity to secure business.
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By: AnnoyedMK
Dec 02, 2013
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Update: after seeing this comment, Mr Bowden contacted us and apologised for his actions, produced a new contract and eventually placed our deposit in the correct protection scheme. He has asked me to remove my review on this site though that does not appear to be possible. I am happy to report that so far there has been no further unprofessional behaviour on his part.....
Jun 10,2013
Minithumbdown
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Jun 10,2013
9 people found
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Ian Bowden came and viewed my property in order to market it and gain a suitable tenant. He seemed very knowledgeable and professional when I met him at the property. It became apparent that I had become duped into believing him, and thinking that he was a trustworthy person. He took people to the house whom he knew to have dogs despite the fact that I had stipulated no pets. He lied about suitable tenants. He took the deposit from the tenants despite my request not to do so, as I am in my own...
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Apr 10,2013
Minithumbdown
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Apr 10,2013
7 people found
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My elderly recently widowed mother chose Ian Bowden to rent her house out for her. What a mistake!!!! A truly horrible man. DON\'T USE BOWDENS. Lie after lie after lie. I don\'t know how some people sleep at night....
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Been honest!!!
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Feb 08,2013
Minithumbdown
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Feb 08,2013
12 people found
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Bowdens were, quite frankly, a disgrace. When it came to moving out we had already relocated and communicated this to them, suggesting ways in which we could send them the keys etc. They failed to respond for over a month and when they did so, they began harrassing us with constant phonecalls saying they needed the keys within a few days because they were moving a new tenant in (before our official tenancy date ended too). Despite having already tried to facilitate this and avoid this situation,...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
They could be professional, honest and they could refrain from stealing people\'s deposit for no reason.
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Mar 02,2012
Minithumbdown
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Mar 02,2012
18 people found
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I had my property for sale with Bowdens having previously used a different agent. When the price reduced the 'old' agents had a client interested but not until the price lowered. So Bowdens did not sell the house but demanded £1999 + VAT, stupidly I paid £500 cash as I was feeling hounded. Bowdens continued to put the house back on the market, which was making my purchasers nervous. I asked 3 times for my property to be removed but was told by Mr B that he had no computer. Called Rig...
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I expect an estate agent who writes on their website 'We are members of the Surveyors Ombudsman Service and you can be assured that when you are dealing with us we will be responsible and professional, enthusiastic and dedicated to work within the code of practice of the Surveyors Ombudsman Service' that this is in fact the case. I feel that this is not an honest or professional trader who took advantage of my being recently widowed to obtain cash from me. If the agent had acted with integrity and professionalism I would have been satisfied. He put my property on the market before my sole agency with another agent had completed, but said he could 'sort it out, there are ways around these things'. But then when the other agent sold the house he was bad mouthing them for this practise and demanded full payment from me. His refusal to take the property off the market could have lead to my purchasers withdrawing. He also reduced the price of my property contrary to my instructions. All in all this experience has been dreadful.
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By: My goodness
Oct 25, 2014
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This man needs to be stopped! He has also taken from me! I feel a call to the local authorities is due. You would not believe what he has done I'm in shock still.....



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