ox (Lettings) Limited and Morgan Fox Property Limited have been put into compulsory liquidation by the High Court after it was found the director, Darren Anthony Briggs, had repeated the same wrongdoings as in his previous company , Anthony Morgan UK Limited.
This included the failure to place tenants’ deposits in particular schemes as required to by law (Housing Act 2004).
Anthony Morgan UK Limited went into liquidation in 2012, however Mr Briggs set up a new company called Anthony Morgan Lettings Limited to take over these assets. Later in 2013, he renamed the company Morgan Fox (Lettings) Limited.
Customers were unaware there were two companies and were intentionally misled by the director who created a phoenix company to keep clients and continue running the business.
In mid 2013, Mr Briggs declared himself bankrupt and was later disqualified as a director for seven years.
Company Supervisor, Chris Mayhew, from The Insolvency Service said in a statement:
“Money that should have been protected was not safeguarded as required and tenants and landlords have once more been left out of pocket by the activities of these two companies.”
“For this to happen once could be considered as unfortunate, but to occur again is carelessness or worse.”
“Unethical agents who cause hardship and misery for tenants in this way harm the public’s trust in the rented sector and the Insolvency Service will investigate and come down hard on companies if they are found, as here, to be operating against the public interest.”