Lease­hold­ers told to re­move their mezu­zot

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JACK SOMMERS

A PROP­ERTY man­age­ment company has apol­o­gised to its Jewish residents for threat­en­ing to take their mezu­zot down if they did not re­move them them­selves.

War­wick Es­tates said on Mon­day it was sorry for the “over-zeal­ous” let­ter it wrote last week to residents of Cedar­wood Court, near Stam­ford Hill, which said hang­ing mezu­zot on front doors breached the terms of the residents’ leases and they could be billed if they did not take them down.

One res­i­dent said she had never heard any­one com­plain about the mezu­zot in the 10 years she had lived in the area, and the mayor of Hack­ney said he would in­ter­vene.

On Mon­day, the company back­tracked, a day after the JC re­ported the let­ter and the anger it had caused.

“We apol­o­gise for the let­ter sent to some of our cus­tomers ask­ing them to re­move re­li­gious items from their prop­erty, specif­i­cally their mezuzahs,” a company spokesper­son told the JC.

“The let­ter was over-zeal­ous in its na­ture and not in keep­ing with our busi­ness val­ues... We wish to make it very clear that residents of the block in ques­tion are not re­quired to re­move their mezuzahs and they will cer­tainly not be re­moved by War­wick Es­tates or any rep­re­sen­ta­tives work­ing on our be­half.”

Also on Mon­day, Hack­ney mayor Philip Glanville wrote to War­wick Es­tates say­ing he was “gen­uinely sur­prised by the un­thought­ful­ness of the re­quest”.

In his let­ter, Mr Glanville ac­knowl­edged the company had apol­o­gised but wrote: “War­wick Es­tates’ ap­proach is not in keep­ing with the val­ues we seek to foster in Hack­ney as a place that not only cel­e­brates di­ver­sity but pro­motes tol­er­ance and equal­ity.”

War­wick Es­tates said the let­ter was sent “by the prop­erty man­ager who was at­tempt­ing to per­form his job in line with his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the lease”. They added the company was “deeply sorry for any of­fence we have caused”.

We are deeply sorry for any of­fence caused

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