Double eviction as social landlord takes tough stance on ASB
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
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A social landlord has evicted two of its tenants for persistent anti-social behaviour.
Dorset-based Magna Housing Association has said that it takes a zero-tolerance approach to ASB following the evictions in the Tiverton and Beaminster areas.
The Tiverton eviction came after three years of regular fights and drunken behaviour that often spilled out into the street causing disturbance and distress to neighbours. Despite efforts to help those involved to address their behaviour, the situation deteriorated. Working in partnership with the local police, Magna were granted possession of the property in September.
Magna housing officer Glynis Shaw said: "This eviction was achieved by working closely with the police and the local community; it has brought much welcome relief to the neighbours and wider community."
The Beaminster eviction related to a tenant and his girlfriend who had been swearing, shouting and playing loud music till the early hours, causing an impact on their neighbours, many of whom have children.
When Magna’s ASB team warned the tenant and swiftly sought a possession order.
One of Magna’s ASB housing officers attended court and persuaded a judge that the behaviour was sufficiently serious and disruptive to grant an immediate injunction without notice to the defendant. The injunction contained a power of arrest which allowed the police to arrest the defendant if the injunction was breached.
This injunction was breached on four separate occasions and despite a last minute appeal, the judge granted the eviction.
Magna’s tenancy and ASB manager, Ruth Martindale, said: "We take all ASB cases very seriously and show concern for both the victim and perpetrator. Where possible we try and mediate situations and support the perpetrator from causing any further distress. However, this is not always possible and we have to work closely with our residents to gather sufficient evidence to take court action and take a positive stance against such behaviour."