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Salvation Army in UK accused of ‘rogue landlord’ attitude

Christian charity ignored for years complaints of ‘serious hazards’ in rental properties in Hadleigh, EssexThe Salvation Army, one of the UK’s best known and well funded charities, has been accused of acting like “a rogue landlord” by leaving some of its private tenants exposed to “serious” hazards for at least seven years.The Christian organisation, whose charitable objectives include “the relief of poverty … suffering, distress” and “the assistance of those in need of protection”, ignored repeated requests to improve conditions by its tenants in Hadleigh, Essex.The town is the site where the group’s founder, William Booth, created his first farm colony in 1891 to help people escape the deprivation of London’s East End.Tenants have complained of being subjected to years of living with hazards including fire risks, damp, and vermin infestations, an investigation by the Guardian and ITV News found. Continue reading…

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