Antisocial tenant warned about cats
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal, Local Government
A resident who breached her tenancy agreement by keeping cats in her social home has been ordered by a court to rehouse the animals.
Sheffield Homes took action against Pauline Acton, 59, of Hucklow Road, Firth Park after neighbours complained that the cats were allowed to urinate and defecate on the premises without it being cleaned up, resulting in an unpleasant smell that permeated communal areas and other flats.
Mrs Acton's son was also recently sent to prison after beaching an injunction that banned him from Hucklow Road and his mother's flat.
Philip Proverbs, who was jailed for 12 weeks in November, was handed the injunction partly for "noisy and unpleasant" arguments with his mother.
Housing officers’ attempts to get Mrs Acton to rehouse the cats and clean up her property were ignored.
On Wednesday, Mrs Acton admitted before District Judge Kirkham that her son’s behaviour had on occasion meant she had breached her tenancy agreement and accepted that the Court could order her to rehouse the cats.
The Court made a Suspended Possession Order, which allows her to stay in the property providing she rehouses her cats by 21 January, does not allow her son into her flat and behaves appropriately towards her neighbours and council/Sheffield Homes staff.
Dean Butterworth, assistant director at Sheffield Homes, said: "Mrs Acton had every opportunity to address our concerns and abide by her tenancy conditions but she failed to do so.
"Where appropriate, we won’t hesitate to take strong legal action against tenants who breach their tenancy conditions."