An estate agent has been jailed after he tried to make money on the side by renting an empty home his firm had been instructed to sell.
Your Move sales consultant Daniel Morriss, 25, advertised the two-bed house to let online as a furnished let for £500 per month without telling the owner or his employers.
The matter was discovered when a would-be tenant viewing the property in Sutton, Surrey, met the owner.
The viewer said that Morriss had claimed to have inherited the house. When buyers expressed an interest in the property, he told them it was already under offer.
Morriss was sentenced to four months in jail at Croydon Magistrates Court after admitting five theft and fraud charges.
Jason Tebb, London regional managing director for Your Move, said: “Daniel Morriss had been in employment at the branch for only a few weeks.
“He tried to let an unoccupied property that was for sale without the owners’ or Your Move’s knowledge.
“Fortunately this was discovered before the property was let, and following a full investigation he was immediately dismissed. Full assistance was given to the police with their investigations.”