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Stamping out rogue landlords in Thanet

For every good landlord it seems sometimes that Thanet has three bad ones.

When I responded to Shelter's call for people to write to their local council about rogue landlords and call for action I expected that I would be ignored and that would be that. I sent an email to Clive Hart detailing my concern over the situation with some very underhanded landlords but I did not expect the public response from my friends that I got. Who would have thought that posting a simple update on Facebook (as shown below) would result in such a flood of comments.

Iíve just asked my council to stamp out rogue landlords in my area. Join me and demand action from your council.
Slum in Medgidia
Now I've seen some people living in places that could with some considerable charity be described as slums. Buildings condemned by the council and yet occupied despite damn, fleas, broken windows, lack of heating, constantly running taps and even faeces in the kitchen. I wish to goodness that I was in the least bit exaggerating but I have been inside a bedsit in Margate that matched this description and worse.

I have friends whose landlord refuses to accept payment in anything but cash for fear of a paper trail.

I have friends whose landlord simply filed for eviction because the six months assured short-hold tenancy was coming to an end - no explanation given beyond the offer to sell them another six month tenancy. In other words he was blackmailing them with eviction for more money. I am not even sure if that is legal.

My point is that this goes on all the time and it is about time that, regardless of the party ruling the roost down at the council offices, action needs to be taken that will actually stop the abusive landlords without penalising the few good ones we have left.

Do you have any particular good or especially bad experiences with landlords in Thanet?

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This Normal comment was left by TROLL [score: 0]:

Disemvoweled! ( Lrd vr nc wth m, h gv m BG bnfts!
08/01/2013 18:09:22

This Normal comment was left by Pete Verrall [score: 0]:

I agree with most of this, - the landlords we've had experience of have mostly been distinguished by elusiveness and/or excuses.

However, I think clearing up faeces from the kitchen floor comes under the general heading of responsible housekeeping, and is the tenants job, not the landlords.
09/01/2013 08:08:57

This Normal comment was left by Richard [score: 0]:

I was thinking the same Pete, ditto with fleas (and I personally changed a washer in my tap a couple of years back, very cheap and easy to do).
09/01/2013 09:31:48

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

I am talking about a converted hotel. These were shared areas meant to be used by up to thirty rooms worth of people. The land lord was not interested in solving the fact that the building stank of damp, was condemned, had no hall way lighting and missing windows. Also If I rented a bedsit and the what passed for the shared kitchen areas were as bad as that I think the messes would not be something I'd think was my job to clean up.

Most of the people living in the barely habitable rooms would best be described as a vulnerable and desperate for somewhere to live.

The building was a death trap.

However if we were talking about a house or flat I would agree with you both.
09/01/2013 11:47:17

This Normal comment was left by Richard [score: 0]:

One kitchen that was meant to be shared between 30 rooms of tenants? Where is this place?
09/01/2013 12:00:09

This Normal comment was left by Richard [score: 0]:

What's up with the spam controls here? I tried to post a legitimate link to a local news item but it was seen as spam, yet the rest of the site is swamped with REAL spam!
11/01/2013 09:51:20

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

Cliftonville and yes the kitchen was tiny. No the place was never full. Yes it was once a hotel. No I'm not sure how accurate my estimate on room numbers was (I suck at quick estimates) I got the heck out of there as soon as was polite to depart. Did I mention the building had been condemned and yet still took on new tenants? Someone suggested I move in but I declined the offer.
11/01/2013 13:49:11

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

Richard: 4,635 comments in the spam trap. 1 alleged false positive and 12 missed I'd say a better than 99% prevention rate. I could find you comment and set it free but as your comment was a link with no explanation that your tried to post as yourself and a bunch of other names I think the spam trap was correct.
11/01/2013 13:57:24

This Normal comment was left by Richard [score: 0]:

I'm not on Facebook.
11/01/2013 14:00:54
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