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Residents Furious After Council Estate Puts Up Sign Shaming Tenants For Unpaid Rent

Posted on: Mon Apr 25 | 10:19 AM by: housing

Residents living in a southeast London estate have been angered by a sign put up by the council where it says it will not carry out extra repairs due to overdue rents. The sign was erected to a wall on the Neckinger Estate in Bermondsey, Southwark and reads: “If this rent was paid, think what extra repairs the council could carry out.”

Up Sign Shaming Tenants

Taking to twitter, a local resident voiced out how angry the message had made the tenants. The tweet reads; “Repairs and keeping homes in repair is your duty and responsibility as a landlord. As a social landlord, the council should be supporting not shaming tenants who cannot pay their rent.”

Other persons also gave their view about the sign saying that it was aggressive and such ways aren’t the best approach to get people to pay unpaid rent and that it was the duty of the council to carry out repairs irrespective of the overdue rent. One person wrote; “Perhaps someone should stick a note on the note saying ‘if the council stopped wasting time putting up these pointless notices perhaps, they might have time to do the repairs on estates that they have a duty to do and yet fail’.”

Someone even said that he always takes down the aggressive notices from the council as it is not the way to get people to pay their rent.

Previously, Southwark Council paid out over £8,840,000 in compensation between 2017 and 2021 to residents after successful disrepair claims against the council. However, it has said it didn’t put up this particular sign.

The council said that the sign has been there for the “best part of 20 years”. A spokesperson also added that the sign was an unofficial note and was there before 2004.

The Southwark Council did not however say if it will remove the sign or provide more insight about why it was put up in the first place. The sign is still on the estate as at the time of writing this article.

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