Having fraudster Simon van Houten manage our flats cost us £100,000

Sunlight Square in Bethnal Green, east London, suffered from the management of Simon van Houten

Fraudster managing agent Simon van Houten, 31, (left) told residents  he had dismissed their caretaker … only for them to discover that the man was still on the payroll two years later. The £32,000 in wages had been secretly paid out of their service charges. This shambles was only one incident at Sunlight Square, which for five […]

Rendall and Rittner ‘confident’ to prevent another Simon Van Houten fraudster

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Managing agents Rendall and Rittner has “initiated a series of internal and external reviews of our systems and procedures” following the jailing last month of its employee Simon Van Houten, 31, for stealing £122,000 of leaseholder’s funds. Richard Daver, the managing director of the company, is quoted in today’s Property Week, as saying the company […]

What is LKP?

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The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership exists to protect ordinary leaseholders from being fleeced by landlords and their agents. They exploit the many opportunities offered by this flawed form of property tenure. The LKP seeks to identify and accredit property managing agents who sign up to open accounting and straight dealing. They charge a clear fee for property […]

Fraudster managing agent gets 30 months jail for using East Londoners’ cash to fund high life in Chelsea

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Simon van Houten, 31, was given a 30-month prison sentence at the Old Bailey this afternoon after pleading guilty to stealing £122,000 from leasehold service charge accounts held by London managing agent Rendall and Rittner. Van Houten carried out the fraud for two years between 2008 and 2010 by issuing invoices for a bogus maintenance […]

Executive guilty of plundering £122,000 from managing agents Rendall and Rittner

An executive with managing agents Rendall and Rittner pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing £122,000 from his employers’ accounts. Simon van Houten, 31, from Southend in Essex, used bogus company invoices to scam the company, which manages some of the most prestigious residential buildings in London. Van Houten, a parish councillor at Paglesham, carried out […]

St George’s under new management

After the £1 million fiasco at St George Wharf, new managing agent wins an award! Last September, the Berkeley Group paid out £1 million to residents at the landmark St George Wharf (left), in Vauxhall, who had complained of loaded service charges, inter-company contracts and inflated insurance contracts. Nine months on, the new managing agent […]