Arthur Stanley House in Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia, is owned by UCLH NHS Foundation Trust and has been empty for several years. Although supposedly having been locked and protected by security guards it has twice been occupied by squatters. Now UCLH have engaged property protection company Camelot to secure the building by housing people on the ground floor of the building.
The residents do not have tenants rights but pay rent to live on the premises under licence. They can be asked to leave at short notice.
Fitzrovia News reporters spoke to the workers sealing up the windows and also to someone who identified themselves as being from Camelot Property Management. We were careful not to speak to residents living in the building but we understand from sources that there is virtually no natural light entering the building because all the windows on the ground floor have been sealed by wooden boards.
The workers sealing up the windows told Fitzrovia News that they were doing it to protect the building from being broken into.
There are several sites in Fitzrovia that have property guardians living in them due to the large amount of empty and disused buildings here. With property prices and rents in London so high many people have little choice to accept sub-standard housing such as this provided by Camelot.
We contacted Camelot for an explanation, but they declined to comment.