11:20 AM, 18th December 2020, About 10 months ago 20
High Court enforcement action is currently underway against Liverpool City Council and enforcement officers entered the council’s Cunard building at 10am Friday morning with allegedly dozens and dozens of Writs to the tune of around £100k being executed for, what is believed to be, Data Protection/GDPR breaches against a landlord specifically in relation to the running and administration of their BTL property.
It’s understood this has occurred because (like many Local Authorities) they either believe the very same laws they are keen to remind landlords about do not apply to them, or they do not expect to be on the receiving end of such matters, consequently failing to allocate resources to deal with/attempt to defend their position.
This, we understand, is the product of months and months of careful planning and pushback against a Local Authority that ran what can only be described as an attack campaign against one particular landlord that refused to kowtow to their questionable demands and who happen to have their city-wide Selective Licensing extension currently before Robert Jenrick for renewal approval (not forgetting LCC is reeling from the Mayor Joe Anderson’s arrest/resignation). They were hoping to be the ‘poster-child’ in what they consider to be the fight against landlords, but seemingly cannot keep their own house in order with, what should now be, administrative basics.
We expect the methodology of what has tripped LCC up to be applied and used by other landlords against their own councils.
A Liverpool council spokesman said: “This matter relates to a civil claim which we are still challenging through the courts, so it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
More details to follow
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