Blog entered 30 July 2014


A weekly feature which will consider the picture Cornwall Homechoice applicants come across when trying to view the property they are considering bidding on.

Since posting the first (2) awards I have now added a 3rd award in response to a growing contempt towards bidders.
According to Cornwall Council it is the Landlord who is responsible for adding the picture to the advertisement.

Because the advertisement is on Cornwall Council’s website the ‘Willful Deception Award’ is therefore awarded to both the Council, for abdicating it’s responsibility to the public, and it’s worst 3 housing partners for that week.
In most cases the picture will be willfuly misleading because the Council/partners would have been aware of the problem previously.

Week (4) : 26/07/2014 to 30/07/2014.

1st place ‘Willful Deception Award’ goes to CORNWALL COUNCIL & DEVON & CORNWALL HOUSING (DCH), for using an “Artist impression” for 5 properties, “No Photo Available” for 2 properties and “Similar property” for 1 property. Of the “Artist Impression”, 2 show a drawing of Richard Lander School, above, but for 2 different locations, TR1 3GL and TR1 3GH.

2nd place ‘Willful Deception Award’ goes to CORNWALL COUNCIL & CORNWALL COUNCIL for using “Artist Impression” for 5 properties and “No Photo Available” for 1 property. (Named twice because Cornwall Council is itself responsible for adding the misleading pictures to the advertisements on it’s website).

3rd place ‘Willful Deception Award’ goes to CORNWALL COUNCIL & WEST COUNTRY HOUSING, for using “No Photo Available” for 1 property and “Artist Impression” for 2 properties.

The serious side to this on-going problem is that when I have gathered enough evidence I will lodge a formal written complaint with Devon & Cornwall Constabulary.

But won’t D&CC just protect Cornwall Council and the Landlords I hear you say ? absolutely, but what D&CC won’t do is claim it never received it.

(Update 25/07/14 : A Manager representing Cornwall Council has since confirmed in writing that Cornwall Council will not accept any responsibility for misleading or “willfuly misleading” photographs or information which appear on the Council’s website with regard to Cornwall Homechoice).

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