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Last Monday police stormed a number of properties in Yeovil, Somerset which according to the Western Gazette; appear to have taken place as a way of holding landlords to account for the activities that go on inside the homes.
The gazette describes the raids which involved five riot vehicles, police, the fire and rescue service and members of the council’s environmental health department; in which passports of residents were seized and resulted in a 53-year-old woman being arrested in connection with running a brothel and also a 26-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of cannabis production.
A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: "Landlords need to take a degree of responsibility for insuring that there premises are safe. They've got to make sure that their premises are up to a certain standard. This means that all appropriate taxes are being paid by tenants. It also means ensuring their premises are being used for the reasons they're being rented out for. If it's a domestic property it shouldn't be used for a business. Landlords need to make sure whatever is happening is legal. We're taking an approach to say that landlords need to take a degree of responsibility for what is happening. This multi-agency response came after events last month. We used those events to gather intelligence, to check other properties and to check they are being used legally."
The police has also urged residents who notice anti-social behaviour or negligent landlords to come forward.
Inspector Tim Coombes said: "If residents believe there are happenings in their street and comings and goings at strange times in the night or they believe that an illegal brothel might be running, then we want to hear from them. We can take action together as a multi-agency response to curb any illegal activity in local communities. If anyone believes they have information about benefit fraud and they should contact the police."
Yet again landlords are being penalised, is there yet more legislation on the way?
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'This means that all appropriate taxes are being paid by tenants. .....'
If anyone can tell me how I check that, I'll get on the case straight away!
However, the last time I found one of my properties had become the limited company's registered address for some friends of the friends of the tenants, there wasn't anything legitimate I could do about it.
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