By Charlotte King and Aliraza Manji
Earlier this evening, celebrity comedian Joe Lycett, with Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, held an unexpected rave outside of letting agency CPS Homes on Woodville Road.
Spotted donning a shirt with the quote “The onus is on the landlord”, the rave is presumed to be part of Lycett’s TV show ‘Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back’ which sees the comedian “defend the consumer rights of the Great British public”.
At around 5:30pm, one student posted on popular Facebook page ‘Overheard at Cardiff University’ telling people to “Come to CPS” alongside a video of the rave in action.
The post was met with responses from a lot of students, with some commenting they could hear the rave from their houses in Cathays.
Speaking to Gair Rhydd, Cardiff University student Hannah Powell who attended the rave said, “Joe Lycett came to expose CPS for their bad practice towards students.
“Students from Cardiff are fed up of the treatment from CPS. They’ve unfairly kept chunks of deposits, kept people waiting for months to even hear about their deposits, tenants move into houses in poor conditions and then get fined for leaving them in the same – or better – state.
“They also turn up at people’s homes with no or little warning, so as students we’ve had enough!”
She also said that Lycett specially created a song to blast outside of CPS, revealing their “bad practices”. Powell continued, “It was great fun and created lots of adrenaline in students that have quite frankly been mugged off. We want our voices to be heard, and did it in the funniest way possible.”
Third year Cardiff University Politics student, Ben Holder, also told Gair Rhydd, “Everyone had a good time and were friendly. The idea of the stung was to remind students and CPS of tenant rights.”
Another student who attended the rave, Joe Solomon, also said, “There was almost a buzz in the air. Shortly after [Lycett’s] arrival, a DJ began his set, encouraging everyone to begin dancing. When the beat dropped, everyone danced in solidarity, showing their disdain for the letting agent.
“After we had sufficiently warmed up, Joe Lycett debuted his song ‘The Onus is on the Landlord’ which detailed multiple laws CPS forgot to abide by” allegedly.
“Staff inside the CPS building looked confused and shocked, while potential clients inside laughed and filmed the incident.
“We met both Joe Lycett and Jamie Laing who were both very warm and told us we had been a great crowd.”
Gair Rhydd has reached out to CPS Homes for a comment but is yet to receive a response.