Social landlord closes property linked with violence and drugs
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
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A social landlord has managed to close a property that had become a centre for anti-social behaviour.
Stockport Homes teamed up with Stockport Council and Greater Manchester Police to secure a nuisance premises closure order on the home on the Swythamley Estate in Cheadle, after its tenants caused serious nuisance and intimidated and threatened residents.
Neighbours were subjected to:
• Verbal abuse and threats.
• Large numbers of callers to the address at all times of the day, evening and the early hours of the morning.
• Drug and alcohol abuse on the estate and in the property.
• Violent incidents in the street.
• Loud parties continuing into the early hours.
Nearby residents said they felt trapped in their own homes and unable to deal with the matter for fear of reprisals.
The closure order came after months of planning and evidence gathering by Stockport Homes’ staff and police.
Stockport Magistrates' Court found that the order was necessary to protect the public. It was granted for three months during which time no one is allowed to enter the property.
Stockport Homes also applied for anti-social behaviour injunctions against two of the tenants, who had been one of the main causes of the ASB from the property, to exclude them from the estate.
April Higson, Stockport Homes' director of housing management, said: “This is excellent example of partnership working, whereby the community and multi-agency partnership have made a determined stand against ASB. We will not tolerate ASB in Stockport and this action will give local residents a welcome reprieve from the chronic ASB they have had to endure from this family.”
Councillor Mark Weldon said: “Stockport is a fantastic place to live work and visit and we are determined to take appropriate action against those people who behave in an anti-social way. This case should serve a warning that anti-social behaviour will not be accepted in Stockport and action will be taken to safeguard residents.”