Burger King’s Cornmarket Street branch is not the first business in Oxford’s restaurant industry to remain closed after being forced to shut following the lockdown in March. Earlier this month, the Bicycle Shed Pub in Summertown announced it would remain closed due to being unable to sustain business in the current climate. Burger King will shut down its store on Cornmarket Street, the Oxford Mail reported on Wednesday. A property agent for the fast food chain said Jesus College, the landlord, had refused to extend the short lease on the building. AG&G Director Richard Negus said the property surveyors had “tried to negotiate” with Jesus, but that the college would not compromise on the rent charged. The company “wanted to reach an agreement to secure the lease and make provision to keep it open as and when coronavirus finished, but couldn’t get an agreement… so it has been put on the market.” The failed rent negotiations have prompted criticism from trade and business associations. Graham Jones, a spokesperson for the trade association OX said that Jesus College “looks like it’s trying to kill the business and has other uses lined up”. The Oxford Mail has published an editorial comment, arguing that “the college, as a charitable institution, is duty bound to maximise its revenues. That however, can not come at the cost of the city’s vitality.” Colleges and churches “may appear quaint and old fashioned, but beyond their ivy-clad quads and calm cloisters, they are hugely wealthy landowners and, in some cases, ruthless landlords.” Image Credit to Grue/ Wikimedia Commons Jones added that if landowners want business in Oxford to flourish, they would have to accept lower rent income based on lower rent income for a while. Jesus College has been contacted for comment.
Pinterest (Photo supplied/U.S. Department of Justice) If you have witnessed or experienced sexual harassment by a landlord, property manager, maintenance worker or anyone in control over housing, you’re being asked to report that conduct to the Department of Justice (DOJ).The pandemic has affected many things, including the ability of many people to pay rent on time. In response, the DOJ has received reports of housing providers attempting to exploit the crisis by sexually harassing tenants.The DOJ, through the Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, enforces the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits sexual harassment, among many other things, in housing situations.The Department encourages anyone who has experienced sexual harassment in housing, or knows someone who has, to contact the Civil Rights Divison by calling (844) 380-6178 or by emailing [email protected] can also file a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development through their website, or by calling (800) 669-9777.Those who believe they may have been victims of discrimination should contact the U.S. Attorney General’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana by reaching out to Assistant United States Attorney Deborah Leonard at (260) 310-8987. WhatsApp TAGSCivil Rights Divisiondepartment of justiceDOJhousinglandlordmaintenance workerproperty managersexual harassmentU.S. Attorney’s Officevictim Twitter Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – May 4, 2020 0 470 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp DOJ asks for victims of sexual harassment by landlord, property manager to report it Google+ Pinterest Previous articleTeen injured Sunday while volunteering at West Noble food driveNext articleGov. Holcomb questioned after failing to social distance in public Brooklyne Beatty