The buy-to-let locusts have descended on Nottingham, destroying local neighbourhoods as they move. Landlords are wrecking the city's social fabric, as they buy up property and rent it out to students. As a consequence, schools are closing; rubbish is piling up; and housing prices pushed out of reach of ordinary families by greedy socially irresponsible buy-to-let landlords.
Be careful; these locusts might end up in your neighbourhood.
The citizens of Nottingham are calling on the sheriff to take a leaf out of Robin Hood's book and tackle the buy-to-let landlords who take homes out of the reach of ordinary families.
The city's buy-to-let boom has created whole areas where local parents and young couples are outgunned financially by landlords, many of whom do not live there.
And in some parts of the city, such as Lenton and Dunkirk, the council is considering shutting schools. Primary school children who should arguably be living in the three and four-bedroomed homes are simply not there.
But the city council intends to fight back. It is now demanding changes in the rules that would give it more power to control buy-to-let. A tour of the city indicated that small-time landlordism and the transient student population it encourages have turned some areas into "tips" - overflowing wheelie bins and rubbish-strewn front gardens.
"Buy-to-let has caused the physical degradation of the area. Landlords don't clean up the mess of old furniture and disused pizza cartons, and the students, many from wealthy backgrounds, contribute no council tax," says Lenton resident Maya Fletcher.
She's a prime mover in the Nottingham Action Group, one of a number of similar initiatives across the country set up to combat buy-to-let blight. Lenton lies next to the University of Nottingham and in some streets, "studentification" has driven out all bar a tiny percentage of families.
"There's no more feeding next door's cat or taking in parcels. The government talks of cohesion and community. We've lost it," she says.
Nottingham was once a low-cost city, but a huge expansion in the student population over the past 15 years, including the creation of Nottingham Trent University, has led to the city being touted to investors as a buy-to-let hotspot. At a property investment show in 2005, Nottingham was being sold alongside Brazil and Bulgaria as a hugely profitable destination.