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Housing rights campaigners target TPFG franchisee in SW

Campaigners are to convene a meeting this week to discuss local branch of CJ Hole in Bristol but franchisee say he's not aware of any 'outside the norm' complaints.

Nigel Lewis

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A housing rights group has convened a meeting to discuss complaints about a branch of letting agency CJ Hole, one of the six brands owned by The Property Franchise Group (TPFG).

Acorn Bristol, which is part of a larger national organisation campaigning for ‘decent homes for all’ within the rental market, is to hold a meeting to discuss a local branch of CJ Hole following undisclosed complaints by renters.

“If you’re a CJ Hole tenant, an Acorn member, or are simply sick of letting agents and landlords having all the power, come and get involved,” its flyer for the meeting says.

The Negotiator contacted TPFG for comment and a spokeswomen said the company had spoken to the local franchisee, who operates a branch covering the Bedminster and Southville areas of the city.

“He has not been approached by Acorn nor [is he] aware of any ‘outside the norm’ complaints from tenants,” she said.

The company also pointed out that only six people have so far shown any interest in attending the ‘open meeting’ on January 9th, which is being organised via Acorn Bristol’s Facebook page.

Housing campaign

Acorn has been running an increasingly vocal campaign across the UK mostly in areas of cities dominated by student rental properties, but also involving wider issues.

As we reported over the Christmas break, Acorn picketed NatWest branches in the UK and Ireland to highlight a ‘No DSS’ clause written into its buy-to-let mortgages, forcing several branches to close for the day.

The Negotiator contacted Acorn for more information about its meeting concerning CJ Hole, but no one was available for comment.

January 7, 2019

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