Deposit scheme did not exist
WE read your lead article on Mr and Mrs Wilson’s dealings with tenants with interest (April 26). Mr Wilson’s reported claim that neither of the two complainants referred to had raised their complaints through the Tenancy Deposit Scheme appeared to us to be misleading, since the scheme was not in existence when their tenancies were reported to have ended, in 2006. It came into force on April 6 this year. You quote Mr Wilson as saying he and Mrs Wilson took part in a trial for the Tenancy Deposit Scheme before the scheme became mandatory. The Government’s trial for such a scheme ran from 2000 to 2003 in five areas. The tenancies of the two complainants in the article both ended last year, so any participation by Mr and Mrs Wilson in these trials would not have been relevant. Finally, the article said: “The Deposit Protected Scheme is a scheme where landlords must hand over the deposit in full until any dispute is resolved by the Dispute Resolution Service or the courts.” This could be taken by readers to mean the deposit is only handed over in cases of dispute. In fact, the deposit is handed over to the scheme for protection from the outset of the tenancy. Diane Downing, service manager, Ashford and Tenterden Citizens Advice, Norwood Street, Ashford.
I WAS shocked to read your front page report on the Watchdog programme that criticised Judith and Fergus Wilson. Together they have purchased hundreds of properties in Kent to rent out so they can make a fortune for themselves, but only to ensure their pension is able to support them in their old age. What does it matter that the dreams many young couples and lower-paid workers had of ever owning a house have disappeared? Could you live on a pension of only £250 million? Just look at the price of bread and milk these days! Ray Hoare, High Trees Close, Willesborough, Ashford.
AS an Ashford householder, I am satisfied with the household refuse disposal service provided by Ashford Borough Council. The weekly rubbish collectors do a hard and necessary task very well. But it really needs to remain a weekly collection rather than fortnightly, as suggested by recent government reports. Because I have several times over the years forgotten, being busy in my kitchen to make sure the refuse collection bags are outside our house, by the pavement, on the correct date. The resulting putrefaction about the refuse bags when they are, on those unfortunate occasions, eventually collected after two weeks is horrible. We need the present excellent refuse collections, for which householders pay through our council tax, to continue weekly, not changed to a nasty and unhealthy fortnightly effort of refuse disposal, as proposed by Government experts. David Berrie, Wye Road, Boughton Lees, Ashford.
Property owners Fergus and Judith Wilson