Crime

‘Bogus’ landlord could face trial after body left to rot for weeks in Bristol slum

The Charity Commission says it is investigating a Bristol housing charity after its tenant who died in his apartment was not found in weeks.  The commission seeks the relief of individuals in need due to ill health, age, financial hardship, disability or other disadvantages in Bristow.

“The charity was established for the relief of those in need due to their age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage in Bristol,” formal information about the organisation has shown.

The Charity commission has now launched what it calls a “statutory inquiry” into Alternative Housing following the incident.

According to the Commission, it started its investigation since 2017 but is only now able to reveal the process following the suspension of operations by Alternative Housing in the face of the investigation.

Presently, Alternative Housing has been removed from the catalogue of charities but administrators under whose regime the incident happened are still under investigation and are likely to face prosecution.

In May 2017, Alternative Housing was on top of a list of landlords prosecuted the most by Bristol authorities for compelling people to live in unapproved conditions.

“The charity came to the Commission’s attention after it was convicted of several breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006. A subsequent appeal against these convictions was dismissed.

“The Commission opened a statutory on 4 July 2017 and has been examining;

  • The extent to which there was misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the charity
  • The extent to which there was a significant breach of trust or non-compliance with charity law
  • The extent to which there was a significant risk to charity property and /or beneficiaries.

“The inquiry has found that the charity has ceased to operate and has removed it from the Register of Charities.

“The Commission is unable to comment further on the inquiry’s work which is continuing.

 

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