Eviction for tenant whose bungling partner caused cannabis-related explosion
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
A landlord has won a possession order against a tenant whose partner caused an explosion and a fire in a Durham social home.
East Durham Homes (EDH) took action against tenant Hayley Evans after the fire service discovered that her bungling partner Dean Day's cannabis growing enterprise in the home's master bedroom had caused the blast.
The fire of February 10, 2012 caused severe damage to the house on Dunelm Walk in Peterlee, and also damaged the adjoining owner-occupied property.
Both households had to move out after the blaze.
The county court granted EDH possession of the property in January after ruling that the activity was a serious breach of the tenancy agreement.
Drug-grower Day also faces criminal prosecution and is awaiting a trial date at crown court.
Michael Doyle, EDH's director of neighbourhood services, said: “We have a dedicated enforcement team in place at East Durham Homes to prevent and tackle anti-social behaviour. Our tenancy agreement makes it clear that we will seek to evict tenants who use the property for supplying illegal substances.
“Eviction is a last resort, but we will not hesitate to take firm action in such circumstances. Our customers rightly expect us to deal firmly with the small minority who abuse their home in this way.”