Seven Locks Housing evicts tenant for anti-social behaviour
Published by Becki Ord for IPB Communications in Housing
Social housing landlord Seven Locks Housing was granted a possession order against its tenant pensioner Barry Payne of Hearth Street, Market Harborough, following a two day hearing at Northampton County Court on 25 and 26 May.
Mr Payne left the property of his own accord before Seven Locks Housing had to apply for an eviction warrant.
Following a number of complaints, Seven Locks Housing had warned Mr Payne on several occasions that his anti-social behaviour, which included noise nuisance, alcohol misuse and verbal abuse, was a breach of his tenancy agreement.
Prior to the possession hearing, Seven Locks Housing had successfully obtained an anti-social behaviour injunction which prevented Mr Payne from harassing his neighbours. Mr Payne went on to breach the injunction three times and received a custodial sentence on each occasion.
In summing up at the possession hearing, Her Honour Judge Morton said that social housing providers such as Seven Locks Housing had a right to be concerned for the welfare of its residents. When tenants caused such a nuisance social housing providers had no option but to look to the courts to deal with the matter.
Her Honour Judge Morton went on to say that Mr Payne had shown no genuine remorse for the nuisance and distress he had caused so many people.
In addition to being evicted from his home, Mr Payne received a further seven day custodial sentence, suspended for seven days for contempt of court. The injunction which prevents him from visiting the area remains in force until August.
After the hearing one resident said: “After being subjected to a period of anti-social behaviour we are delighted that peace and quiet has returned to our friendly neighbourhood.
“On behalf of all the of the residents who live in the area we would like to thank Seven Locks Housing for their kindness and concern, as well as their professional handling of a very difficult and sensitive situation.”
Deborah Bennett, Executive Director of Seven Locks Housing, said: “As a social landlord we take anti-social behaviour very seriously and where appropriate, we take decisive action. Our approach is to offer our tenants the opportunity to change their unacceptable behaviour and we work with other agencies to achieve this.
“I am pleased the court acknowledged our good practice efforts in this case and recognised the full impact of Mr Payne’s anti-social behaviour on the community. I would like to thank my staff and particularly the witnesses in this case.”
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