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LATEST: Rogue tenant rumbled after applying for overlapping rent repayment orders

A rogue tenant who duped her landlords by sub-letting their property was rumbled after she tried to claim a Rent Repayment Order on two homes simultaneously.

Vanessa Breuer had purported to be a tenant in a home at Wheat Sheaf Close in London’s Canary Wharf (pictured), owned by Christiern Dart and Katherine Richardson.

She told their letting agent that she was living with her family but then came forward to say it wasn’t actually one household and that her fiancé was her employer.

“The landlords didn’t want to be in breach of the regulations so immediately applied for an HMO licence,” Ian Norman, a partner at , tells LandlordZONE.

During Covid, she had re-negotiated the rent after falling behind with payments, then as the landlords started proceedings to gain possession of the property it transpired she had been subletting it and operating an HMO.

“We believe that’s why she was so concerned about getting a licence, as she would have been found to have been operating it illegally,” says Norman. “She was profiting from the rent reduction and illegally sub-letting.”

Double application

Breuer applied for an RRO on this property for the short period it had been unlicensed but also applied for an RRO on another property, where the dates of occupancy overlapped, and had indicated that she was the tenant of both.

Challenged by a First Tier Property Tribunal, she withdrew the application. “She could have been making multiple applications – we still don’t know where she was living,” adds Norman (pictured).

Breuer was ordered to pay costs of £1,942 by the tribunal, which ruled: “It is clear to us that the applicant set about potentially unlawfully occupying the property and making an application for an RRO when it would seem she did, or should have known that such an application was, at best misconceived.”

It is not known whether the other landlord involved will pursue the case through the criminal court.

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Landlords have been warned about a spike in payment diversion scams that leave victims defrauded out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Criminals are actively targeting property purchases with the aim of tricking people into transferring over their house deposit and sometimes the balance to them, almost always by pretending to be the victim’s lawyer, the Law Society has warned.

One house buyer was scammed into handing over £640,000 after emails between him and his solicitor were intercepted by criminals who collected all the information relating to the house purchase. They then used a spoofed email account – made to look like that of the solicitor – to request payment.

Never recovered

Details were provided on headed solicitor’s paper on the email and the amount requested was exactly what the buyer had expected to pay. Most of the money was never recovered, all but wiping out the victim’s equity and savings, and leading to the collapse of their purchase.

The Law Society of England and Wales has joined forces with the (NECC) and Action Fraud to warn of the dangers and advise buyers to be extremely vigilant if there appears to be any change of payment details, and to always double-check by calling their lawyer before making a transfer.

Jon Shilland, fraud threat lead at the NECC (pictured), says: “Whenever a client is making a payment to their solicitor for a house purchase, they should be highly suspicious of any change in account details or new instructions.

“Remind them to always check with a trusted known contact, and if they have any doubt not to transfer the money.”

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