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Hyde Housing said they would charge anyone with a wreath on their front door or a Christmas tree in the corridor £120 to remove it.
If they cannot find the “culprit” they will share the cost between all the residents. They claim the decorations are a fire hazard and that health and safety must come first.
But David Geoghegan, 69, who lives in Joseph Conrad House in Canterbury, Kent, said Hyde Housing was “acting like the Gestapo”.
He added: “Residents have been talking about how upsetting the letters were, and lots of us felt it was uncalled for and heavy-handed.
Upset “It’s Christmas and there is no goodwill in it. The threat of sending people to remove Christmas trees and wreaths – we don’t need that, and we are really upset. I can’t see how a wreath is a fire hazard because millions of people have them.”
Another resident, John Allan, 72, also cannot understand how wreaths pose a fire risk, “unless someone comes and sets alight to them”.
He said: “I came here because it was individual living, so you can get on with your own life, but everything that is being done is being inspected and complained about.
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“It is not a very happy environment at all. Some of the ladies who live here are quite upset about the whole situation.” Hyde Housing property manager Emma Oliver sent the letter, demanding that the residents remove their decorations. She wrote: “We have a legal duty to ensure all communal areas are kept free from obstructions [including trip hazards] and fire risks.
“Christmas decorations and door wreaths are not allowed as they are considered highly combustible.
“I will attend with the removal team and if the items are still there, I will have them removed and the cost of removal will be recharged to the block if I cannot find out who these materials belong to.
“The cost of these removals is estimated at £120.We will re-charge this to the block or to the individual where we know who this is.”
‘Scrooges’ ban bunting
LANDLORDS have barred residents at a luxury block of flats from hanging “fire risk” Christmas decorations on their balconies.
The safety ban also includes toys, washing lines and bikes. Tenants in Portland, Dorset, were told they had five days to remove trees and bunting.
Comer Property Management’s letter said anyone who did not comply would face “action” and their details would go to the council.
Resident Joshua Hanson said: “They are Scrooges.
“I consider it a harassing letter. It suggests that people’s accommodation might be at risk.”
Dorset& Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said: “In broad terms, the service does not define what can and cannot be stored on a balcony.”
- Mark Reynolds
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