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Deeside letting agency Eazy Let closes without notifying tenants and landlords

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HUNDREDS of landlords and tenants could be left thousands of pounds out of pocket after a letting agency closed without warning.

Landlords and tenants working with Eazy Let Limited on Chester Road West, Shotton, say they have not heard from letting agent staff in weeks and have not been paid rent owed to them.

Angry clients gathered at the office on Friday, but despite the lights being on, no-one was there and phones were left to ring out.

Companies House is proposing to ‘strike off’ Eazy Let Limited due to documentation and tax returns not being filed.

If it does not file paper work before January 4, 2012, it will be closed down officially.

One Connah’s Quay landlord, who did not want to be named, said she is owed £1,000 in rent from the company and her tenants could lose their £800 deposit.

"I stood outside the agency on Friday for two hours looking for them," she said.

"In that time other landlords turned up saying they were owed rent and tenants looking for their deposits.

"Letting agencies are supposed to put deposits in a separate account using government backed deposit protection schemes, which makes sure tenants get their deposits back. The agents are supposed to give receipts.

"None of the tenants I spoke to were given receipts, including my own, which means they won’t get their £800 from the company.

"From what I can see it’s obvious they haven’t been depositing the deposits with the government scheme.

"It’s terrible what they’ve done. I just hope they’re not still taking deposits from prospective tenants."

A Ewloe-based landlord has also lost money.

"I’ve lost £500 so far," he said.

"I went to see my tenants to tell them to cancel their direct debit so hopefully it’s been done on time, otherwise I will have lost £1,000.

"My tenants gave Eazy Let a £750 deposit. Now if I try and deal with another letting agency, my tenants will have to pay the new company another deposit. It’s not fair."

Eazy Let was not available for comment when The Chronicle contacted them, but according to their website, the company, set up by Stewart Hill and Mike Ward, ‘has been successfully trading and growing in the housing market for over five years’.

It also says the company ‘has very clear targets which are to simply be the best’ and claims ‘every client receives 100% satisfaction’.

A Flintshire County Council spokesman said: "We have had a number of enquiries from people with concerns about their deposits and we are currently trying to contact the company .

"The advice from Trading Standards is to write to Eazy Let Limited at 2 Hilliards Court, Chester Business Park, Chester, CH4 9PX."