The Property Ombudsman is calling on the Office of Fair Trading to ban a Midland estate agent from the industry.
The move comes in the wake of wli.uk.com being expelled from voluntary membership of the Property Ombudsman, which resolves disputes between estate agents and their customers.
The West Bromwich-based business has six branches in the Midlands, including two that opened recently in Birmingham.
Other outlets are in Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
The Property Ombudsman’s disciplinary and standards committee voted to expel wli.uk.com after director Amerjit Singh Dhuga admitted three charges of fraud among 26 offences when he appeared before Warley magistrates in January,
Among his offences was misrepresenting he was a member of the Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPOS) and falsely using the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) logo alongside it.
The company did subsequently apply to join TPOS.
The row between the Property Ombudsman’s office and the company has now intensified after an accusation by the Ombudsman that the estate agency’s website displayed a thinly disguised obscenity directed at it. The complaint has now been referred to the OFT.
Gerry Fitzjohn, TPOS deputy chairman, said: ‘‘The statement on the wli.uk.com home page shows that the company and its director have little respect for us and we really don’t want them associated with us in any way.”
The obscenity relating to TPOS was later removed from the wli.uk.com website, after it had been drawn to the attention of the Ombudsman’s office.
However, the home page of the website still included a derogatory reference that said: “Forget the TPOS... they lost our respect along (sic) time ago.”
The Birmingham Post did contact wli.uk.com but Mr Dhuga declined to comment.