Six Melbourne LJ Hooker estate agency offices suddenly close
More than 100 LJ Hooker customers and landlords using the chain to manage their properties may have lost substantial amounts of money, after the sudden closure of six Melbourne offices.
Consumer Affairs Victoria is investigating the closure of the franchise in Glen Waverley and its associated branches in Keysborough, Mount Waverley, Burwood, Doncaster and Box Hill.
The branches are operated by the same franchisee, and were named LJ Hooker’s “Best Team of the Year 2015″ annual state awards, according to their now-offline website.
Retiree Jan Melah, who sold his Dandenong house through the Keysborough office in January, told the ABC that the branch owed him a $61,000 buyer’s deposit.
He said the office had repeatedly promised compensation for the delay in payment, but he and his wife Katarina still had not received any money for the sale.
“LJ Hooker have got a good name, so we sort of selected LJ Hooker and they told us they had a very good success in the region, so we gave everything to LJ Hooker,” Mr Melah said.
“I was very disappointed, my wife burst into tears and my heart palpitations went sky high, only to be told that the reception is now nothing and everything was one great big lie.”