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'They are trying to demonise me'

DEMONISED: Venetia Bailey

A WOMAN labelled a squatter in the national press has said she is being demonised for fighting for her rights as a neglected tenant.

Housing officer Venetia Bailey told The Voice she was shocked and furious at seeing herself called a squatter by her landlord in the national press.

She said she had faithfully paid her £1,130 per month rent for seven months - and only stopped doing so in protest in May because her landlord, Naomi Koningen, refused to do some much needed repairs in the rented flat in Streatham, south London.

Koningen claims she went on a trip to New York but when she returned the tenants, Bailey and her friend, Ernest Henderson, refused to let her back in.

She said the pair trashed the property in Streatham by smashing windows, changing locks, and spraying paint on walls, as well as leaving bills unpaid.

Koningen, who claimed the tenants owe her £6000, told The Voice: “These people had literally trashed my belongings, and broken so many items and windows.

"They have also ruined what was left of my belongings, smashed windows and replaced others with cheap frosted glass, changed the locks, and the once beautiful garden is now completely overgrown and littered with broken furniture and electrical items such as washing machines.”

However, Bailey hit back: “Naomi is not telling the truth. We stopped paying in May because of the disrepair. I told her that the boiler wasn’t working which she disregarded. When I first arrived here, the property wasn’t in good condition. There were broken widows and damp in the living room.

“We decided to stop paying because she refused to repair anything or consider doing something about the condition I and my friend were living in.”

A bitter row developed between them – and the next thing Bailey said she knew was that she was in the papers.

“The whole thing is affecting me personally and professionally. I could face losing my job on the grounds of disrepute. That is the last thing I need. I’m already under immense stress,” Bailey said.

She said the newspapers did not give her a chance to respond to the accusations.

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