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HOMES SEARCH; Asylum firm in trawl of city.

Byline: MARK THOMAS

THE COMPANY at the heart of the Everton tower block asylum seeker controversy is trawling the city for cheap new housing for its refugee clients.

Landmark Liverpool Ltd has been approaching landlords, trying to sign up homes for the 300 asylum seekers from its closed tower blocks on Everton Brow.

The company has been told by the government to carry on housing asylum seekers despite a history of complaints of dreadful living conditions in the two blocks.

The London-registered company is selling off the Landmark and Inn on the Park blocks in Conway Street.

At one stage it was estimated to be earning around pounds 3m a year.

Landmark is offering six months' rent in advance to Liverpool landlords to take over their management and use them to house asylum seekers.

Lynn Smith, of the Merseyside and Wirral Landlords Association, confirmed that approaches have been made.

``They are, in effect, passing their problem on to private landlords,'' she said.

Landmark and its manager Ferial Sabbagh were unavailable for comment.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:May 22, 2002
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