Caledonian Property Letting caught for tenant fee fraud
Brian O’ Neill
Caledonian Property Letting, Office 18, John Player Building, Stirling Enterprise Park Stirling FK7 7RP
Caledonian Property Letting run by Steven O’Neill has committed a criminal offence contrary to the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984.
(1) – Anecdote
One agency, Caledonian Property Letting, who have properties in Stirling and Glasgow, charged an Italian student arrangement and guarantor fees totalling £220 on top of his £725 deposit to rent a Glasgow flat.
Jacopo Grazzi, studying International Fashion Branding at Glasgow Caledonian University, has tried — and failed — to get back the £945 he handed over to Caledonian Property Letting, headed up by Steven O’Neill.
The 20-year-old, originally from Ferrara near Bologna, said: “A friend spotted a two-bedroom flat in Glasgow that looked ideal for me and a friend to move into. I paid a £725 deposit along with a £165 tenancy arrangement fee and a £55 guarantor form fee.
Has anyone else been a victim of Steven O’Neill or his company? Report this to the Police immediately. We have been assured that they will investigate and take appropriate action.
Interestingly, the firm have this to say in puff:
Caledonian Property are a forward thinking property brokers based in the city centre of Glasgow. The company is based inside the smart modern offices of “Mortgage Advice Company” which is under the same management.
The Principal Brian O’ Neill has a very simple mission statement:
“We wish to treat all our clients in a way that would be acceptable to ourselves and to offer a value for money service in a professional but friendly manner.” (source)
The firm chose not to comment when the Sunday Post asked them to explain their unlawful conduct, and it appears that Mr Grazzi will need to contact police if he wishes to recover his £945.