Not before time
It has taken way too long, but today is the day the housing association finally took control of that errant property on the other side of the road. The picture above was taken on 31 October 2013, the day the previous tenant - who we shall call Prick - effectively abandoned the property. Abandoned it by leaving a kitchen and bedroom light on, and a window unlocked.

In mid November, the housing association cottoned onto the matter, and posted a Notice of Abandonment on the door, and giving this Prick fellow 28 days to get in contact and offer a damn-decent explanation. Christmas came and went, with the promised change of locks not yet done.

Then came 8:30PM on the 27 December, when Prick decided to rear his stupid head and enter the property via the back door, and emerge eventually via the front. Talk about making a mockery of everyone. This morning, the housing association finally got themselves in gear and changed the locks, arranged for a gas man to block off the meter, and for another poor fellow to get on with the task of removing furniture. Mind you, they still have the back garden to contend with - a shambolic affair with a marquee set up in it, providing shelter for a motley pile of junk. This is going to be one hell of a cleanup! Any new tenant is going to have to wait for this place to be made good.

You are probably wondering why I am being so hard on this man Prick. Well, he and his machete-wielding gangsta son have been nothing but trouble for this quiet close. Need evidence? Then watch the following video. While doing so, take the opportunity to admire the fence and gate he so kindly provided - after his son demolished the previous lot.

It is now time for this property to go to someone who deserves it. All of the properties in this close are specifically for the benefit of people with health needs. In other words, someone needs this property now. It is just a shame that it has taken so long for things to get moving. Another thing I could not understand about Prick, who claimed to have epilepsy - Why did he operate a strobe light in the property? Talk about asking for trouble! The man was clearly not the whole shilling, yet many of us suffered as a result of his and his son's behaviours.
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