11:46 AM, 16th May 2022, About a month ago 3
The living conditions in a couple of council flats in a tower block off Regina Road in South Norwood, Croydon have been condemned as “dangerous squalor” and “appalling” in a devastating television news report: Click here.
The London Borough of Croydon ranks equal 13th in our league of the councils that are most aggressive to landlords with enforcement and fines. That’s 13th most aggressive out of 340 or so councils and they really are incredibly vicious against private sector landlords for even the most minor of housing quality issues.
This story from last year which has just been brought to our attention following our recent expose on Birmingham City Council’s similar incredible level of two-faced-ness in pursuing private landlords whilst leaving their own tenants in not only squalor but actually in highly dangerous conditions as damp and mould is one of the most damaging of the “Hazards” for which council prosecute and fine private sector landlords.
And in this report Croydon City Council has been found to be just as two-faced as Birmingham City Council out for renting properties with deadly dampness and mould. If this were a private landlord they would issue them with Civil Penalty Fines in the multiple £10,000s
However, the legislation that aggressive councils Like Croydon and Birmingham use to generate massive revenue by fining private landlords out of business doesn’t even apply to them.
That so many councils treat private landlords as scum and openly describe them all as criminals whilst putting tenants in far worse conditions and are excused legal liability for the harm they are causing to tenant’s health is at best obscene and the councillors and officials should be made personally liable as private landlords are.
Things must change