We older tenants have been down the private road before and remember Rachmanism
The borough that gave birth to Rachmanism
- after Peter Rach-man, the notorious slum landlord of the 1950s who became synonymous with exploitation - may now become synonymous with housing its people in a deathtrap.
And don't even start me on buy-to-let, which, along with the sale of council houses, has contributed to the return of Rachmanism
, as well as a dearth of good social housing.
They see people living in the kind of accommodation you'd think would have died out with Rachmanism
, the kind of places that you might shudder at if you saw beyond the limp, dirty sheets that mope around the windows, the kind of place you wouldn't put a dog in.
Is that Rachmanism
, Rapaciousness and Rich-pickings?
We have been working on it for about four years in a bid to introduce a greater sense of professionalism and to shake off the image of Rachmanism
, which still persists.
- Named after Polish-born London landlord Perec Rachman, who had a string of squalid properties.
(n extortion by a landlord of tenants of slum property)