HMO hits back at recent criticism

Tom Wilson outside his HMOs in Gorebridge
Tom Wilson outside his HMOs in Gorebridge

The owner of HMO properties in Gorebridge has hit back at recent criticism linking them to antisocial behaviour.

Tom Wilson and his daughter Elaine Collins run properties on Main Street which house ‘clients’ sent to them by the council.

In the September 12 edition of the Advertiser, Tracy Cranston, a member of Gorebridge Community Council, drew attention to the town becoming a “dumping ground” for Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO).

Mr Wilson stated his intention to change local opinion: “I spoke to my daughter about it and she is quite willing to go along and speak to them.

“We are like all small businesses. We got our heads down and worked away, not paying much attention to what was going on about us.

“We started from nothing 10 years ago and it’s been really hard work building it up, and now we maybe have to work as hard on PR.”

Gorebridge Community Council secretary Eddie Robertson said: “On no account was it merely the two HMOs (making trouble), because other people with nothing to do with the HMOs had been causing disturbances there.”

Read more in the September 26 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.