Absentee Landlords should be forced to use good Property Management Services
92-year old tenant, Mrs Helen Bora, has called for absentee* landlords, to be forced to employ the services of a good property management companies after she was found to be living in a rodent-infested flat with a broken lavatory, broken windows and taps that could only be operated with a pair of pliers.
Mrs Bora, a decorated World War II veteran, had lived in the flat in Bloomsbury for 12 years but her repeated complaints to her landlord, John Garvey, who lives in Ireland, were ignored.
It was only when Mrs Bora phoned the Environmental Health Department at Camden Council about her lavatory, that inspectors took action and moved her to a new home.
When asked about her experiences, Mrs Bora commented, “It affected my health badly and I felt frustrated and angry. That’s what I’ve got against this country; that they let people who live abroad buy properties and not look after them. They should be compelled to use a property management company.”
Camden cabinet member for community safety, Abdul Hai, said: “This is a particularly upsetting case, involving a highly vulnerable lady. We have a duty to protect residents in cases like this and I hope this prosecution acts as a warning to landlords that we will always take enforcement action where necessary.”
Mr Garvey didn’t attend court and was fined £10,000 (GBP) in his absence for failing to comply with two improvement notices on the building and £3,364 (GBP) costs.
* (landlords who buy investment property in a region of the UK but who live in another part of the country or even overseas)