Lenders to troubled housing maintenance firm Connaught have begun to sell off their loans to private equity firms. Barclays has already disposed of its exposure, while other non-primary lenders Bank of Ireland and Lloyds are understood to have made moves to sell out. “It’s just a sensible move to get rid of such risky assets,” a person close to the situation said. Meanwhile, Connaught is readying a stock market announcement following auditor Deloitte’s recent review of its accounting practices. The banks and Connaught declined to comment.