Letting agency accused of ‘locking out tenants’

A letting agency has been accused of illegally evicting tenants and taking their belongings.
According to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, three tenants, who rented rooms through Flintons, said they arrived home to find locks had been changed and rooms emptied.
Some said their possessions had not yet been returned. Others said their belongings were given back in bin bags, left on the street outside the agency.
Flintons, in east London, said it “strongly denies” the claims.
As reported by the BBC, one man who rented a room, through Flintons, said he was charged extra fees for late payment of rent, which he disputes and was in discussions with Flintons to resolve.
He further claims that in December 2018, he arrived home to find the key to his room would not work. After a locksmith eventually let him in, he said his room was empty, and alleges that Flintons had taken his clothes, towels and even his passport.
Flintons disputes that Julius was locked out of his room or that his possessions were removed.
Flintons further said it will “vigorously defend” any legal claim.

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