Garden disgrace

SIR - What a cop out by the council to say they are not the Gestapo (Neighbours demand action on eyesore, Herts Advertiser, July 9). The council is the landlord therefore its there duty to see that their tenant is keeping the property in a decent state. I

SIR - What a cop out by the council to say they are not the Gestapo (Neighbours demand action on eyesore, Herts Advertiser, July 9).

The council is the landlord therefore its there duty to see that their tenant is keeping the property in a decent state.

I am a small landlord myself and let a property through an agent, the agent does three-monthly checks to ensure my tenant is keeping the property in a decent state, if not they are given time to rectify the fault and if not they are evicted.

When I first moved form London to Northolt with my parents, Ealing council did six-month checks to ensure their tenant was obeying the terms of the lease, do St Albans council not do this ?


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It seems that certain council workers enjoy a secure, well-paid job with nice pension paid for by the taxpayer, but when they have to do something to earn it they run scared. Replace them with people willing to act.

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SIR - This is another example of buck passing by St Albans Council.

Cllr Joyce Lusby uses emotive word "Gestapo" to say the council cannot force people to tidy their gardens. Surely the council have a right as the owners of the property to enforce certain standards.

If not then they should have, lots of our money is wasted in repairing these properties. I bet Cllr Joyce Lusby does not live next door to the property in question, otherwise you can be sure that action would be taken.

Come on councillor, do what the people who elected you want.

RON ROBERTS

Flinders Close

St Albans

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