Property management company accused of taking thousands under state investigation – WFTV

Video: Action 9: Property management company accused of taking thousands of dollars, under state investigation A major property management company is now under state investigation after Action 9 found landlords claiming to have lost thousands of dollars.

A property management company is being investigated by the state after Action 9 finds landlords claiming to have lost thousands of dollars.

“How many people here owe money by VIR?” Todd Ulrich asked a group of owners. Everyone raised their hands in response.

They own houses in the villages and have hired the VIR group to find tenants and manage their properties. They sent complaints to the Florida Attorney General claiming that VIR had collected thousands of dollars in rent and then kept much of their money.

“We lost over $15,000,” said Katherine Kniegge, adding that VIR managed several of her homes. “The most important thing is that he kept the rents for February and March. He kept them all.

Stacey Logrippo claims the company owes her more than $10,000. “Because they charged tenants more than they claimed they were paying me,” she said.

Action 9 first revealed complaints against VIR and its CEO, Alistair Barrett-Powell, more than a year ago after Ulrich found owners making similar claims.

Last year, Ulrich reunited with Barrett-Powell in his Fruitland Park office. “Can you account for all their rent money?” Ulrich asked.

“Absolutely,” replied Barrett-Powell, “They owe us money.”

Barrett-Powell gave up his real estate license last year, as part of a settlement with state regulators investigating complaints against him. He has not admitted his guilt, but cannot apply for this license again.

Instead, VIR was granted a vacation rental license to handle short-term rentals and now the new group of customers says its company is no longer paying landlords their share of the rent.

“How much does VIR owe you?” asked Ulrich. “Over $9,000,” said Mireille Regnault.

The VIR Group has closed its office near the Villages. He opened a virtual office suite near Lake Nona.

A company spokesperson said no one refused to pay legitimate rent and Barrett-Powell did nothing wrong.

But the Florida Attorney General’s office has received 50 complaints against VIR in two years and is now actively investigating.

VIR Group is rated “F” by the Central Florida Better Business Bureau and the bureau has released the following in reference to the company.

“It has come to the attention of BBB that the company offers compensation or incentives to people who post reviews. BBB does not accept reviews from people who have received or been offered compensation. In light of the questions this practice raises regarding the authenticity of reviews, BBB has removed reviews that may have been affected by this practice.

VIR says it has settled some complaints from last year and the owners have paid it. The management of the VIR group attributes many complaints to a competitor who, according to them, has stolen from its customers.