A man has been left stunned after £4,350 appeared in his bank account – and how he received the payments has been revealed

Tony Jordan was stunned when a check arrived in the mail from a company called YouSpotProperty.com — here we explain exactly what he did to receive his payout

Tony Jordan received several thousand pounds for reporting an empty house(Fiona Hanson)

When former London firefighter and taxi driver Tony Jordan, 61, received a phone call telling him he was owed £4,350, he was convinced it was a scam.

But the married father-of-two, who lives in Pinner, north-west London, was stunned when the money arrived in his bank account from a company called YouSpotProperty.com, and all he did was report the abandoned house. YouSpotProperty pays members of the public to report derelict and long-vacant properties in England.

If the home you’ve found meets their eligibility criteria, you’ll initially get a £20 voucher for M&S or Amazon. But if the company goes on to buy that house, it will get a 1% share of the value of the property, up to £10,000.

The property must be privately owned, not for sale, and no planning permission has recently been submitted. There are currently more than 250,000 properties sitting empty or derelict in England.

Tony, who is semi-retired and works as a part-time fire safety officer, received his compensation after YouSpotProperty tracked down the owners of the abandoned house he reported, and went on to buy it for £435,000. He said: “I often take a local bus which requires a short walk, and for a while I noticed a clearly derelict house, not least because of the overgrown front garden.

The overgrown and abandoned property caught his attention(Fiona Hanson)
Tony Jordan said it was easy to report the property(Fiona Hanson)

“The paint on the end of the three-bed porch was peeling from the woodwork and the house was screaming to be redone. It was such a big mess that you couldn’t deliver mail to the front door. No one would live in a house that looked inaccessible, so I Upload the home to YouSpotProperty.

Tony simply took some photos of the house, uploaded them to the company’s website along with the address, and then they continued investigating the property from there. To his surprise, he received a £20 voucher, but he received an even bigger shock when he received a call a few weeks later telling him the property had been sold.

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