We signed our tenancy agreement and paid our money on 17 December 2012 - I\'m pretty sure that they had stopped trading by 21 December 2012. I live in the area and stopped by the office at this date and it was completely shut down. As other people said, this stinks of being a premeditated move.
I actually rang the police about this a couple of months ago to discuss whether this could be fraud. They were utterly useless - no help at all. But I\'m pretty sure we\'d have a strong case.
Regarding deposits and rents for tenants - unfortunately it is the landlord\'s responsibility to provide this money if the agent disappears. Unfair but legal.