Beverley Estate Agent Fined For Misleading Adverts

Beverley Estate Agent Fined For Misleading Adverts

A leading Beverley estate agent has been ordered to pay over £7,500 after admitting as permanent residential properties.

Paul Staniford, 61, of Main Street, and also senior partner of Stanifords estate agents on Sow Hill in Beverley, appeared at on Wednesday, 20 July where he pleaded guilty to one charge of misleading under the Consumer Protection Regulations 2008.

Magistrates were told that in 2012 and 2013, officers from ’s trading standards department sent advisory letters and business guidance to all estate agents within the East Riding area warning them against , such as log cabins on holiday parks, as permanent residential properties.

The court heard how in march 2015, a trading standards officer spotted a full page advert placed by Stanifords estate agents in a local free paper residential properties and included a two bedroom lakeside log cabin located on High Farm Country Park in Routh, near Beverley but there was no indication on the advert that this was a holiday home only.

A visit to the estate agents also revealed more also located on High Farm Country Park were also being advertised, but giving the impression could be used as permanent residences.

Despite advice from trading standards officers, Staniford, who has been a chartered surveyor for 35 years, continued to advertise the without making it clear they were not for permanent use.

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He only withdrew the properties after being interviewed by trading standards officers.

The court also heard how, as a result of this, he no longer advertises and that no member of the public suffered a financial loss or the company made a financial gain as a result of the misleading adverts.

Staniford was fined £5,000, ordered to pay costs of £2,466 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Colin Briggs, trading standards manager at , said: “The fine handed out by the court shows how seriously they take misleading .

“In this case, Staniford was told about the misleading adverts on a number of occasions and he chose to ignore the advice given to him by my officers.

“This sends out a clear message that we will take firm action against anyone who attempts to mislead the public.”

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