Councils failing their tenants

Your 18 January edition carried an article, "A system in disrepair" in which various council chiefs and lawyers complained that solicitors specialising in tenant housing disrepair work enable their clients to unfairly jump the repairs queue.

Our local newspaper recently reported the case of a tenant who has had to live in sub-standard housing for eight years – the last three years of which were in conditions unfit for human habitation, according to the council's environmental health officers.

The local government ombudsman found gross maladministration since at least 1992. No doubt the local council would applaud the tenant for her forbearance

Myles Hickey, Dowse & Co