In the wake of Panorama

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9:25 AM, 16th April 2019
About 8 months ago

In the wake of Panorama

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In the wake of Panorama

Following the Panorama BBC TV Programme of 18th March 2019 the situation is that 60% of the tenants of Grice Close have now moved out. Who needs a Section 21 if you have Panorama! It does the job for you!

One tenant said that they know nothing of what is going on! That is true, but in this specific instance, because nothing was going on! They moved out at 2.30pm Monday.

These tenants were terrorised by journalists who should hold their head in shame! If a Journalist knocks on the door and says something horrible has happened, how do you feel, then the answer will be I am upset! An answer to a rather loaded question.

The initial approach was made on, or about, 25th November, 2018 and the whole point was that the entirety of the tenancies would be protected. On Friday 5th April, 2019 I met with our preferred buyer, a Housing Association, and this morning I met with a second preference, a Bank.

If a Private Landlord sells with the tenants in situation then there is a change of Landlord to notify to the tenant. However, if the properties are held in a company then on retirement the shares are sold to another shareholder, but the Landlord remains unchanged. i.e The Company remains the Landlord and there is nothing to notify to the tenant.

Any large landlord will be used to Mortgage Lenders selling the loan to other Mortgage Lenders. It is the way of the world!

For an individual tenant they would be unaware of the sale of the mortgage? Indeed why should they be aware? If you are a Mortgage Borrower then the Mortgage Book of that Lender can be sold, in whole or part, to another lender who may or may not be a British Bank. If a tenant of a Company then you the tenant run the risk of the shares of that company moving out of British hands, but is it much of a concern, I doubt it.

Fergus Wilson


Marlena Topple

11:02 AM, 21st April 2019
About 8 months ago

Whilst I do not dispute that people without a BBC licence experience what might ferl like harassment, our terminating our license was painless. We notified the licence people that we were terminating our licence as a protest. We received a refund for the remainder of the year and a letter confirming that we would no longerhold a license. So far a year later we have not heard any further.


11:05 AM, 21st April 2019
About 8 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Marlena Topple at 21/04/2019 - 11:02
The internal rules that they work to issue a harassment (sorry, "reminder") letter every two years, so your time will come.

Some may feel that having to respond to one of their very carefully worded threatening letters every two years is not harassment. Others will forever differ on this.

Marlena Topple

15:31 PM, 21st April 2019
About 8 months ago

Sounds like I should expect a letter. If it is a polite request for information then I will respond. However I will not respond to any letters that I deem threatening. As you might have guessed I have issues with the BBC as an organisation and oppose the concept of a licence fee, and the restrictions that are imposed on watching non BBC live broadcasts funded by advertising.


3:53 AM, 22nd June 2019
About 6 months ago

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