Foxtons Sues Blue Peter Presenter Over Non Payment of Bill

Konnie Huq’s refusal to pay for work on Chiswick flat lands her in court

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Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq is currently in the midst of a legal battle with Foxtons over her refusal to pay for work on a flat she rents out through the agency.

Huq, who owns a number of buy-to-let properties in Chiswick, is reported to be furious after Foxtons demanded thousands of pounds for 'minor' repairs because the 'emergency' work on the flat was carried out without her prior consent.

She has refused to pay the bill issued at the end of last year resulting in a summons to appear at Brentford Crown Court in July to face Foxtons.

The dispute has since deepened, with Ms Huq challenging other fees that Foxtons have imposed.

A spokesperson for Foxtons stated "This is the subject of ongoing court proceedings, so it would be inappropriate for us to comment."

Colinette Hyatt of XPPM told "We are aware that some agents were taking advantage of time short or non resident landlords but treating ALL repairs as emergency to minimise their work and maximise their income was a new one to us."

She continued "I hope that not all landlords believe that all managing agents are the same – most of us take pride in being open, honest and accountable. We also treat our landlords’ properties as we would our own."

Best known for her work on children’s BBC, Konnie Huq had a long term relationship with former Blue Peter presenter and Chiswick resident Richard Bacon. She currently has five buy-to-let properties in Chiswick worth an estimated £1.5m.

May 3, 2007