A series of raids on privately let properties in the West Country appear to have taken place as a way of holding landlords to account for the activities that go on inside the homes.
On 2 November police raided a series of properties in Yeovil, Somerset.
The Western Gazette newspaper has now carried a report with what many may regard as surprising quotes from the police.
After describing the raids – involving five riot vehicles sent by Bristol police, and staff from the police, fire and rescue service, the council’s environmental health department and the Department for Work and Pensions – the newspaper then quotes from a spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
She says: "Landlords need to take a degree of responsibility for insuring that there premises are safe. They've got to make sure that their premises are up to a certain standard.
"This means that all appropriate taxes are being paid by tenants. It also means ensuring their premises are being used for the reasons they're being rented out for. If it's a domestic property it shouldn't be used for a business. Landlords need to make sure whatever is happening is legal.
"We're taking an approach to say that landlords need to take a degree of responsibility for what is happening. This multi-agency response came after events last month. We used those events to gather intelligence, to check other properties and to check they are being used legally."
The story then quotes from an Inspector Tim Coombes, who says: "The public will know what's happening in their own communities. We don't want anyone to live with the consequences and effects of anti-social behaviour. If they believe there are happenings in their street and comings and goings at strange times in the night or they believe that an illegal brothel might be running, then we want to hear from them.”
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