16:19 PM, 20th April 2012, About 10 years ago 7
Whilst there were only 50 delegates at the event the speakers were all very high profile. The debating panel included CEO’s from ARLA, the NLA, The Property Ombudsman and Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham who sparked off controversial debates surrounding his plans to introduce compulsory licencing for Newham landlords (read my thoughts below the video). The feedback after the event has been tremendous with interest from the press and many tweets such as
— Property Ombudsman (@TPOmb) April 20, 2012
The propaganda materials that Newham Council were putting around yesterday really made me angry. I wonder whether all those overcrowded properties in Newham they talk about are all owned by criminals? Just suppose a poor quality letting agent was to take on one dodgy tenant who subsequently sublet. The landlord would be desperate to get the tenants out but this could take months if the legal protocols were followed. I wonder whether, if the landlord were to call Environmental Health and ask them to shut the property down, whether they would? I doubt that would actually happen. It would put an immediate end to the problem for the landlord in terms of getting the occupiers out but the council would then have to re-house the tenants at their cost. Do you think they would do it or would they seize the opportunity to take pictures for the ongoing propaganda?
Anyhow, rant over for now, over to you ………..
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