Objection to Haringey’s 2017/18 accounts - failure to comply with duty as landlords to maintain the homes of council tenants
BDO London, 55 Baker Street, London, W1U 7EU
BDO are the external auditors of the accounts of the London Borough of Haringey. - In 1963 Messrs Binder. Dijke and Otte founded BDO international. In their 2016/17 accounts underlying revenues exceeded £428m and profits increased 11% to £87m. They are paid by Haringey Council to investigate Haringey Council. I will draw their attention to the conflict of interest.
Objection to Haringey Council's 2017/18 accounts
The London Borough of Haringey wants to demolish two blocks on the Tottenham estate after safety tests carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire showed they were vulnerable to collapse if a gas pipe or gas canister explodes or a vehicle strikes the base of the buildings.
The residents of Tangmere House, a six-storey block, will be evacuated starting immediately and have been told they will “only receive one suitable offer [of alternative housing] which they must not unreasonably refuse”. That has caused confusion and anger among residents about where they will end up living. They have been told the gas will be switched off in October, by which time they must be out.
The residents of Northholt, an 18-storey block that failed the same tests, will start being evacuated next year and residents are speculating that the council may want to demolish more of the estate.
Nine other blocks on the estate also failed tests that showed that if there was a gas pipe explosion the buildings could suffer progressive collapse. The council has already replaced gas cookers with electric cookers in those 725 flats and has installed gas interrupter valves, which shut off the gas in the event of a leak.
CLARIFICATION sent to BDO
What happened to the rents paid by the tenants that were not spent on repairs and maintenance, which the council is under a legal duty to perform?
Council's rights and responsibilities
“Think about that,” Daffarn told the MPs. “They were property developers masquerading as a local authority. They failed to keep us safe because they had higher priorities – getting their hands on the land, this massive goldmine they had.” The council said it accepted Daffarn’s remarks and agreed.
We have the same neglect of a council's duties to their tenants and leaseholders in Haringey on all land owned by the council, hence this objection to their 2017/18 accounts.
As a matter of courtesy I should tell you that I am referring these issues to the Labour Party inquiry into the Carillion collapse which is also covering the performance of accountants auditing local authorities..
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