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Property People 'sorry' over abuse of student

By Anna Maguire

A Belfast property company has apologised to a resident after he was threatened and verbally abused by one of its employees.

A recording of the incident captured by student Bill McAtavey was heard by hundreds of people when it was uploaded to YouTube.

Property People has now apologised to Mr McAtavey and the employee has been suspended.

After letting himself into the rented property in the largely student-populated Holylands area of south Belfast, the employee threatened and swore at Mr McAtavey.

The man said he would knock the “head off” the resident, ordering him to “lose the attitude”.

The firm's senior partner, Colin Moran, said he was devastated by the “disgraceful” incident.

He said: “We do not in any way condone such unprofessional behaviour.

“I have since been in contact with the student and offered my unreserved apologies.”

Mr McAtavey has said he uploaded the recording to YouTube to highlight how some students are treated by their landlords — but that he has no problem with the company, Property People.

What the employee said

In the three-minute recording, the man can be heard telling the resident of the rented property: “Listen, I’m representing the f****** landlord. I can come into his house when I want. I have his permission, you f****** s******, all right. Listen, don’t be a cheeky b******, you knew I was f****** down there all right. You’re a wee f****** scumbag, that’s all you are.” He added: “Did you not f****** hear me, you cheeky wee f****** b******. You can f****** get out of this f****** house. That’s my f****** problem.”

Video

The video can be viewed on YouTube here . It contains strong language that some may find offensive.

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