These are the rich landlords who make a fortune housing migrants in filthy squalor. Now they face losing millions
REVEALED SCOTLAND’S WORST PROPERTY TYCOONS
Judging from the squalid conditions, it is hard to believe anyone would be expected to live here.
Cowboy electrics, damp and mould-ridden rooms along with scenes of gutwrenching filth right on the doorstep.
These stomach-churning images were provided by investigators clamping down on the would-be tycoons taking advantage of their desperate tenants.
This is 21st-century housing in Glasgow’s Govanhill – a working class housing estate that has dissolved into a nightmarish ghetto.
And greedy landlords – now being targeted in a crackdown on slum conditions – are to blame.
They’ve snapped up properties on the cheap and spent little or no money maintaining them.
Instead, they’ve crammed vulnerable people – many of them immigrants – into overcrowded flats and charged eye-watering rents. It is believed there are as many as 2600 private landlords in the area.
Residents have spoken of their homes being infested with rats, cockroaches and bed bugs.
Earlier this year, filmmaker Paul Sng likened the area to a Victorian slum.
Some campaigners have called for bulldozers to flatten properties seized from offenders and social housing built instead.
Liz Armour Crosbie, an activist with the Govanhill Community Campaign, claims her community has been destroyed by rogue landlords and overcrowding.
She said: “My sister stays in Allison Street, there’s lots of overcrowding in her close.
“There’s a family out the back of her flat. God knows how many people stay in that flat.
“They use bin shelters to go to the toilet. You want to see the state of some of the houses. The place is disgusting.”
Liz says overcrowding, poor sanitation and waste disposal have seen bed bugs and vermin thrive in the rundown tenements. And rats the size of cats run wild in back courts.
Liz added tenements were past the point of repair and that whole streets should be demolished.
She said: “It would be a clean slate, Govanhill deserves it.
“They should take it all down, they’re overrun with bed bugs, mice and rats.”
Adam Lang, head of communications and policy at housing charity Shelter Scotland, added: “Last year, 46 per cent of those who came to Shelter Scotland for help were private renters.
“Of that number, 40 per cent were people with issues about the condition of their housing or problems with their landlord.”
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