‘Rotting’ London flats owned by millionaire infested with ‘cockroaches and mice’ – MyLondon
A South London estate that was infested with ‘cockroaches and mice’ has won a victory over its millionaire landlord.
Dorchester Court in Herne Hill has been locked in a dispute with its landlords in one form or another for more than 30 years, with a variety of problems.
The estate is owned by Heinrich Feldman, listed on the Sunday Times rich list and is believed to be worth more than £200 million but his tenants say they have been left in ‘unbearable’ conditions.
As well as the vermin infestations in multiple flats across the estate, the latest issue was the central and hot water.
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There have been reports of elderly residents being forced to sit in their kitchens and use the hobs for heat when the landlord refused to do the work needed for more than a year.
They have also been accused of failing to provide compensation for electricity bills during this time, with one key worker ‘saddled’ with a £12,000 electricity bill when they tried to keep warm.
Last week the Dorchester Tenants Union claimed victory and said they have pressured Lambeth Council to issue an Improvement Notice to force the landlords to fix the heating and hot water.
A broken window in one of the flats looking out to Dorchester Court which residents say has been broken for more than a year
Residents have also complained about ‘rotting’ balconies attached to their flats earlier this year.
A Dorchester Court resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, has said the issues unveiled are nothing new.
He said: “The problems we are facing now have been problems for decades. It’s way overdue.
“I’m surprised by the good news in the middle of a pandemic and so used to bad news. We’re used to people ignoring us.”
At least seven properties have had a problem with cockroach infestations
The resident said the mice and cockroach infestation came as a result of cavities inside the building that should have been closed.
“I know six to seven flats that had this issue,” he added.
A Lambeth Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of resident’s serious concerns about conditions at Dorchester Court. Council representatives are meeting residents, Lambeth councillors and the local MP this week to discuss the situation.
“Investigations and assessments are currently taking place and we will use our enforcement powers as appropriate.”
MyLondon has approached Property Partners, who manage the estate on behalf on Feldman’s landlord company Manaquel, for comment.
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