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Ayrshire hot tub boss in ‘petty’ jacuzzi row with housing association

An Ayrshire jacuzzi boss has landed in hot water after apparently falling foul of his lease agreement.

John Laing has come under fire after blowing up a hot tub in his back garden along with a pop-up gazebo.

The 30-year-old is now embroiled in a row with his housing association after they told him he needs permission to have the items in his garden.

The Kilmarnock man, of Inellan Drive, claims that housing officers at Cunninghame Housing Association (CHA) told him everyone with trampolines, sheds and other structures in their garden would be receiving the same letter as John did.

But upon asking his neighbours, who have trampolines and football goals, John claims they have yet to receive the same notification.

John has been told he needs to submit an application for ‘alterations/improvements’ but he has no intention of doing so as he believes the items are temporary rather than permanent and now fears he’ll be ordered to take down his beloved hot tub.

However Cunninghame Housing Associating told Ayrshire Live they would “not withhold our permission unreasonably.”

John, who owns Ginger Hot Tub Hire, branded CHA as petty.

He said: “Alterations to be is something that’s going to be a permanent fixture.

John’s branded the dispute as ‘petty’

“I went round to the office and asked about it and was told by a woman there that everyone with a trampoline or a shed or anything of that nature in their garden would be getting a letter.

“When I went home I asked two of my neighbours who both have trampolines and another has a football goal and they said they’ve never had anything like what I’d received.

“Then an electrician from maintenance came round and said the reason I’d been sent the letter was because of the extension and went on to say the hot tub is killing the grass underneath it.

“I own a hot tub hire company and I specifically have these extension for these hot tubs and I know their safe

“I believe that if I don’t apply for these alterations then they will make me take it down but I have no intention of applying because it’s not a permanent fixture.”

John now fears the hot tub will have to come down
John now fears the hot tub will have to come down

John has been a CHA tenant for eight years and says he’s had the hot tub up for around four months with no complaints.

And kind John, who owns six jacuzzis, recently gave one of his hot tubs to a neighbouring family who were self-isolating.

He added: “‘The whole thing is very petty.

Ayrshire hot tub boss in 'petty' jacuzzi row with housing association

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“It’s a pop-up gazebo and an inflatable hot tub and I can have them both down in ten minutes.

“I mean, where’s the line? Are kids going to have to let them [CHA] know when they’re putting a paddling pool out now too?

“One of my neighbours were isolating recently and I gave them a hot tub for free that I own just to give them something to do, because I know it can be tough and I think they got a letter too.

“A trampoline will take more time to bring down than a hot tub and gazebo

“The grass is dead underneath — I’ll admit that — but it will grow back. That’s nature.”

A Cunninghame Housing Association spokesman said “As part of their tenancy agreement with the association tenants require to apply for permission to carry out any alterations or additions to their home or any garden area they may have.

“For items such as sheds, hot tubs and decking tenants apply for consent and they are given appropriate guidance on safe installation.

“When considering such requests, we consider any health and safety issues and any issues that may affect neighbouring tenants.

“If we come across any such alterations that have been carried out without our consent, we ask tenants to apply for permission.

“In this instance the application was sent to the tenant as he had not applied, and the installation was noted by our local staff. We have not sent letters to tenants regarding trampolines and goalposts.

“The association looks to ensure that any such alterations have been carried out safely and without causing inconvenience to any neighbours. We will not withhold our permission unreasonably.”

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