Absentee Landlords should be Forced to use Property Management Services, says 92 year old Tenant

23 September 2012 Categories: News

Absentee Landlords should be Forced to use Property Management Services, says 92 year old Tenant

92-year old London tenant, Mrs Helen Bora, has called for absentee landlords (landlords who buy property in the UK but then choose to live abroad), to be forced to employ the services of a property management firm after she was found to be living in a mice-infested flat with a broken lavatory, broken windows and taps that had to be turned on and off 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 complaints to landlord John Garvey, who incidentally lives in Ireland, continually went unheeded. It was only when Mrs Bora phoned Camden Council about her lavatory that inspectors 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.”

Abdul Hai, Camden cabinet member for community safety, 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 acts as a warning to landlords that we will always take enforcement action where necessary.

Mr Garvey was fined £10,000 for failing to comply with two improvement notices on the building and £3,364 costs. He didn’t attend court.