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Michael Ellis with his face in the trough.

It’s about time we held these MPs to account

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The two properties in St Matthews Parade which have all the rubbish in the front garden absolutely stink in the summer when the sun is on it for two weeks. We live in St Matthews Parade and find that the parking along here is getting impossible, mainly due to vans parked which don't belong to the residents in the properties they are parked outside. The properties in Langham Place would be better turned into flats for families who would actually care about the area they live in. Michael Ellis and his family obviously don't live in the areas where they turn lovely houses into HIMOs, and don't give a toss about the neighbours who have to live next to these properties. Just keep raking in the cash.

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They also own Waterloo house which is on the Market Sq

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When I began my teaching career in outer London I lived for five years in a bedsit which was part of an HMO in a very pleasant residential street. Many years previously these houses had been family homes for the upper middle classes who could afford a couple of servants living in the attic rooms. Reading your article, I now realise that I was a blight on society and responsible for bringing the neighbourhood down. Thank you for putting me straight.

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you were one of a dying breed who cared about where you lived obviously, that's not the case any more.

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When I began teaching, Andrew, I too lived in a houseshare in Stafford. I had what used to be the living room to myself and shared the house with a nurse and his girlfriend in one bedroom, and a factory worker who lived in another bedroom by himself. Plus points - my housemates were excellent people and we would gather in the shared kitchen, share our days' gripes and laughs and occasionally pop to the pub over the road. The negatives - our landlord was not the best and we were living in a very damp and poorly maintained house. I complained and got moved into a converted garage at the back at the property but it was even worse. I decided eventually it might be better to get up at 5am every morning and get a couple of buses and a train from my parents' house in Dudley rather than live there. I bumped into my former housemate the factory worker on the train after, and could smell the damp from the house coming off him. I realized I had smelled like that too at work. In my street now, there are a few HMOs, and they squeeze a lot more than 4 people into these 2 bedroom houses, but I recognise the same poor maintenance and squalor. It wears people down, especially when those landlords are ruthless and turf people and their belongings out all the time, dump mattresses and shoddy furniture in the street etc. More regulation is needed, and fewer applications granted to stop the normalisation of squeezing poor bodies into squalid houses.

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I thought the concentration policy for HMO in this area is a distance of at least 50m apart? The lime trees hotel (surely fewer than 50m away) was converted into an HMO by bosworth college. It's not what you know...

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Feb 2, 2022·edited Feb 2, 2022

The house used to be lovely, a family home. It was sold a few years ago and gutted, used as a cannabis factory. The know your customer process failed. It should be converted back to a family dwelling in keeping with the area, by the institutions that failed these regulated checks and balances.

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Echo all the concerns made. A supposed conservation area being turned into a ghetto...for Mr Ellis' financial gain!

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