Author: Andrea Perry

LANDLORDS FACE BAN FOR RENTING THIS TO A FAMILY

Landlords who rented out this dangerous, damp and mouldy house in Thornton Heath to a family of four – including two young children – have been fined and face a ban from letting any others properties in Croydon. Croydon Council inspectors found a number of serious hazards when they visited the house last year in Bensham Lane, including no electricity, a kitchen strewn with rubble, partially-collapsed ceiling plasterwork, and significant damp and mould. At Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (September 5), District Judge Susan Holdham found Mr Samir Sakka and Ms Besarta Zeneli guilty in their absence for failing to...

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FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE BLAZE

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers dealt with a flat fire on Bensham Grove on Thornton Heath yesterday afternoon (Wed). Half of a first floor flat was damaged by the blaze. The Brigade was called at  4.25pm and the fire was under control at 5.06pm. Fire crews from West Norwood and Norbury fire stations attended the scene. The cause of the fire is under...

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NEXT PHASE OF REGENERATION TO START

The next phase of the regeneration scheme to enhance the streetscene in Thornton Heath begins on Monday. Works will be carried out by the roundabout on Whitehorse Lane at the junction with High Street and Whitehorse Road and will include the removal of old street furniture and new paving and kerbs. New trees will also be planted and new public seating installed to create a more pleasant environment. The works programme follows the completion of other improvements made outside the library on Brigstock Road and form part of a £2.78m project to improve the streets, squares and open spaces...

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THORNTON HEATH IN NATIONAL TV AD

Thornton Heath is featured in a national television advertisement for one of our best known homegrown talents – Stormzy. The 24-year-old grime artist who grew up in Thornton Heath has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and is set to feature on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month 2017 on September 14. The advert which has been regularly shown on BBC  1 over the past week promotes his appearance on Live Lounge and includes images of a young Stormzy and Thornton Heath station. It’s been an amazing year for Stormzy who this month picked up the Copper Dog Whisky Solo Artist accolade at the GQ Men of the Year awards presented to him by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Stormzy real name Michael Owuo, Jr recently admitted he is ready to propose to his long term girlfriend – the radio and television presenter Maya Jama. One of Stormzy’s most successful songs to date is the BPI gold-selling “Shut Up”, which was initially released as a freestyle on YouTube. The track was then officially released and got to number eight on the UK Singles Chart after Stormzy launched a campaign to reach Christmas number one. His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, was released on 24 February 2017 and was the first grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart. The album features the single Big For...

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IS YOUR LANDLORD LICENSED?

Here housing legal expert Madeleine Lindsay explains the simple steps to follow to find out if your landlord is licensed to provide rented accommodation and what your rights are as tenant?  All private landlords in Croydon must be licensed by the Council. You can check if your landlord has a licence by going online and searching ‘Croydon private rented property’, or call: 0208 726 6103. If your landlord doesn’t have a licence, let the Council know. Go online and click ‘Report an unlicensed property’, email: propertylicensing@croydon. gov.uk or telephone. You can do this anonymously so your landlord will not know who reported them. It’s quick and free plus anyone can make a report. Why should I make sure my landlord has a licence? First, it’s a legal requirement. No licence means a landlord shouldn’t rent the property and if they have rented it to you without a licence, they can’t legally evict you. Second and most important is that your safety and security will be better protected. Your landlord must have given  protected your deposit. They must have a valid Gas Safety Certificate, meet fire safety requirements and ensure electrics are safe. Your home must be inspected regularly and be properly maintained. If you live in a large shared house, it might be a House in Multiple Occupation that needs a different sort of licence, which can be found on a...

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