By Wendy Williams
AN expat is warning buyers to beware of a property company he claims has kept thousands of euros in deposits.
Currency broker Hassan Amundsen, 42, claims he was defrauded by Property-4Abroad out of €3,000 after he tried to buy an apartment in Manilva.
“Basically the company just keeps the deposits and fees for property purchases that never get off the ground,” claimed the father-of-two from Norway.
“I paid a deposit of €3,000 for an apartment in 2009. The mortgage was meant to be pre-approved and should only take a month but after a year still nothing happened.
“Eventually the company stopped answering my calls and emails and I still haven’t been able to get my deposit back.
“Once in a while I get a reply from someone promising to pay me back and blaming other people but it always comes to nothing,” he said.
“I eventually did a search on the internet and there are others who also claim to have lost out as well, some for a lot more money than me.”
He continued: “I contacted a lawyer who said it would be easier if there was a group of people to make a joint complaint and I have been trying to contact others in my situation.
“I just want to stop them from doing this and warn people.”
But when the Olive Press contacted Anne Williams and Steve Lee, who own the business, the couple denied the accusations.
Claiming they are acting in an ‘honourable’ way, they insist they have begun to pay Amundsen back, as well as various others.
“The developer for Hassan’s property went bust and the property was sold off to first one developer and then another,” explained Lee.
“The company, Property-4abroad, has not traded for a long time and went into liquidation for a whole number of reasons including the theft of money by a lawyer.
“I spoke with my lawyer some time ago and I told him that if anyone was owed money I would personally pay it back.
“Hassan and I agreed a repayment schedule last month and he has already had the first payment.
“Far from trying to run away I have been acting in an honourable
way,” he added.
Amundsen however, is adamant that he has not received any money.
“We have had these agreements plenty of times before without getting anything.
“In fact I have 455 mails from them claiming that my money is safe and that I will be paid back in full. I doubt that now.”