‘Appalling’ letting agent head banned
By |Published On: 5th May 2016|

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‘Appalling’ letting agent head banned

By |Published On: 5th May 2016|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

A letting agent who kept tenants’ deposits with value of nearly £7,000 has been branded as, ‘appalling’ by the local council in which the action took place.

Glasgow council barred Shaban Rehman from renting out homes, describing him as unfit to be a landlord or agent. Rehman was also removed from the authority’s private landlord register.

As a result, he can no longer let his eight flats, nor the other 20 managed by his letting agency, Better Homes Glasgow. The council also ruled that anyone attempting to break this ruling would be charged with a criminal offence and fined up to £50,000.


Glasgow Council said that its private registration unit found that Rehman had failed to register two deposits with an approved rental scheme. These deposits had a total rental value of £6,950.

He is also reported to have told a family that rented one of his properties in the city, but relocated to London for a short while, that there had been a flood in their absence. As such, Rehman duped them into paying £700 per month extra for another flat, but then subsequently placed the ‘flooded’ flat back onto the market. Rehman also did not return the family’s deposit.

'Appalling' letting agent head banned

‘Appalling’ letting agent head banned

What’s more, Mr Rehman was alleged to have shown another tenant fraudulent documentation, which falsely claimed their deposit had been legally deposited into an approved scheme.

A council spokesman said, ‘this kind of appalling behaviour by a registered landlord can never be tolerated. Shaban Rehman has taken money from blameless tenants in bad faith and caused his victims untold distress and inconvenience.’[1]

[1] https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2016/5/ban-for-appalling-letting-agency-chief-who-kept-tenants-deposits



About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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