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Letting agent Samantha Wood stole thousands of pounds in rents collected for landlords when her business hit financial problems.

Wood, 46, admitted fraud at Bradford Crown Court and was jailed for 10 months, suspended for a year.

She was also ordered to work for 250 hours unpaid for the community.

Wood ran CS Lettings in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

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Landlord Angela Speight had eight properties managed by Wood, and when she audited her accounts, she realised about £25,000 in rents were unaccounted for.

She challenged Wood who was ‘vague’ in response, the court heard.

Judge John Potter said: “It was clear money had been siphoned off because the lettings business was in financial difficulty.

“I am told no money was made from the fraud, but the money went t0 just trying to keep the letting agency going.”

Improvement order ignored

Landlord Kris Parmenter was fined £250 and ordered to more than £7,000 costs after pleading guilty to failing to obey an improvement order issued by Southend Council, Essex.

The council has sent in workmen to sort out ‘seriously hazardous’ damp issues in a buy to let flat.

Problems included rotten window frames, excessive cold, damp and mould and no ventilation in the bathroom and kitchen.

HMO landlords targeted

Meanwhile another landlord in Newquay, Cornwall, was fined £4,000 by Truro Magistrates for running a shared house in multiple occupation (HMO) without a licence.

Godfrey Furse admitted the licensing offence, failing to maintain fire safety in the house and having no cooking facilities.

He also has to pay costs of £1,380.

After the case, Joe Roberts, Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing Manager, warned other HMO landlords were on a council hit list for operating without licences.

“We are aware of other HMOs meeting the mandatory licensing definition who are currently operating within Cornwall without a licence,” he said

“These premises will shortly be prioritised for enforcement action and work is ongoing to identify more.

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