first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Former letting agent jailed after failing to protect rental deposits previous nextAgencies & PeopleFormer letting agent jailed after failing to protect rental depositsAndre Montaut falsified documents sent to MyDeposits about Barrington Properties’ supposedly ring-fenced account.Nigel Lewis30th August 201901,324 Views A former operator of a failed estate agency has been jailed for two years and a month after police discovered that he had used tenants’ rental deposits to prop up the ailing business.Between May 2011 and November 2012 when Andre Montaut (pictured, above) worked at Barrington Property in Chalfont-St-Giles, Buckinghamshire, during which he directed rental deposits to an account he controlled, rather than lodging the funds properly via the recognised deposit protection scheme the business was a member of.On 1st November 2012 Barrington Property shut up shop and it subsequently emerged that deposits totalling £70,000 belonging to 26 tenants had gone missing.Montaut was supposed to have protected the tenants’ cash via MyDeposits, but had falsified documentation to suggest he had over £140,000 within a ring -fenced account.“Montaut provided the fraudulent statements to MyDeposits in order to disguise the fact that the deposits were not being held in the segregated account, to maintain his membership of the scheme and to continue trading,” says a Thames Valley spokesperson.No remorseAfter a lengthy investigation by the force, Montaut was charged in June this year and is said by the investigating officers to have shown ‘no remorse’ over the missing cash.“Montaut breached the trust placed in him by his clients,” says Detective Constable Ashley Ruane.“Let this be a lesson to any estate agents who fail to protect the financial interests of their clients for their own benefit.”MYDEPOSITS tenancy deposits August 30, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgIn November 2015, essential Brooklyn DIY venue Cameo Gallery closed its doors for the last time. Cameo was a hotbed for up-and-coming talent, and was a home for young musicians like in Williamsburg, as well as a favorite for local artists whenever they wanted to play an intimate show.  Varied acts such as Turkuaz, The Juan MacLean, Eric Krasno & Chapter 2, and Frankie Knuckles all graced the stage at one point or another. Perhaps no band was as intertwined with the rise of Cameo Gallery as The London Souls.  The Brooklyn rockers performed at Cameo an estimated 25+ times, and spent many a long night using the space for rehearsals, recordings, and more.  They felt a true connection with the space, so it was fitting when The Souls were tapped for the gallery’s celebratory final show in Novermber 2015.The Souls have just released raucous pro-shot footage of them playing “The Sound” from this final show at the venue where they cut their teeth.  Check out the video below, and RIP Cameo Gallery!last_img read more

first_imgThe Observer took home more than two dozen awards from the 2015 Indiana Collegiate Scholastic Press Association (ICPA) awards ceremony this weekend in Indianapolis, including second place in the Division I Newspaper of the Year category and third place in the Best Overall Design category.The News department, led by former News Editor and current Assistant Managing Editor Lesley Stevenson, took home first place for Best Continuous Coverage of the Campus Crossroads project, third place in the Best News or Feature Series category for the coverage of Mental Illness Awareness Week and third place for Best In-Depth Story for former Editor-in-Chief Ann Marie Jakubowski, former Assistant Managing Editors Isaac Lorton and Samantha Zuba and senior sports writer Mike Monaco’s coverage of the Academic Dishonesty Investigation earlier this school year. Additionally, the news staff won second place in the Best Special Issue category for the Mid-year Marks student government Insider, and the staff as a whole won first place in the Best Themed Issue Category for the 2014 Commencement issue.Sports writer Mike Ginocchio won third place for the Best Sports Feature Story with his story “Hegarty recovers from stroke, becomes starter.” The Sports staff, led by former Sports Editor and current Assistant Managing Editor Mary Green, won third place in the Best Pullout/Wrap Section category for Aug. 29 Irish Insider.The Observer Editorial Board won third place for Best Staff Editorial for its Oct. 3 Viewpoint “A Call for a Clear Honor Code.”Six Scene writers won awards over the weekend in a variety of categories. Jimmy Kemper won third place for Best Entertainment Story with “Why Taylor Swift’s Spotify power move is the worst.” Matt McMahon and Caelin Miltko won in the Best Review category; McMahon took first with “St. Vincent: Queen of New pop,” while Miltko took second with “‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ blurs line between art and life.”Miko Malabute and Scene Editor Erin McAuliffe won in the Best Entertainment Column category, McAuliffe won second for “Envisioning Wes Anderson’s Theme Park” while Malabute won third for his piece “To cancel or commend Colbert?” Marc Drake won second for Best News or Feature Series for “Scene in South Bend.”The Graphics department won second and third for Best Special Issue/Section Front Cover for the Irish Insiders on Sept. 5, which was created by former Photo Editor and current Assistant Managing Editor Wei Lin and former Graphics Editor Keri O’Mara, and Oct. 17, which was created by Online Editor Michael Yu and O’Mara, respectively. O’Mara and former Scene Editor Allie Tollaksen won third place in the Best Informational Graphic category for their “Notre Dame Style Guide.”The Photo department, led by Lin, earned three awards, including first place in the Best Sports Photo category for former Assistant Managing Editor Kevin Song’s “Corey Robinson: The Catch.” Photographer and news writer Emily McConville won third in the same category for “Redfield Comforts McDaniel,” and former Photo Editor Grant Tobin earned third place in the Best Feature Photo category for “Sad Muffet.”Song won second place for Best Overall Website design for, which was launched last January. Song and Yu won third place for Best Special Presentation for the Commencement 2014 feature website, while Multimedia Editor Brian Lach won second place in the Best Video category for “Shamrock Series: Indianapolis.”Tags: Awards, ICPAlast_img read more