Drug issues lead to social housing tenant's eviction
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
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A social housing tenant has been evicted from her home in the Bishopsworth area of south Bristol after she allowed drug dealing to take place at her property.
Sovereign Housing Association took possession of the 26-year-old woman’s home in Highridge Park last week. The tenant had also engaged in other forms of anti-social behaviour.
Avon and Somerset constabulary carried out a warrant at the property in March during which class A drugs were found. The woman’s partner was arrested for possession with intent to supply.
In April, the tenant's partner, 24, pleaded guilty to the offence, and Sovereign served notice on the woman, obtaining an outright possession order against her in July.
As well as the issues related to drugs activity, residents had to endure associated nuisance, including violent arguments, undesirable visitors to the estate, intimidation and problems with dogs.
An appeal by the tenant against the possession order and an application to stay the eviction warrant was dismissed by the judge at Bristol County Court.
“This is a tremendous outcome for local residents, who have had to put up with a catalogue of unacceptable behaviour from this property,” said Chris Jones, Sovereign’s anti-social behaviour officer. “We are delighted that, working closely with the police, we have been able to take such decisive action and remove the source of so much misery for this neighbourhood.”
Sovereign owns and manages more than 36,000 homes in the south and south west of England.