Meter-tampering tenant evicted
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
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An Inverclyde social housing tenant has been evicted for tampering with his home's electricity meter.
Christopher Gallacher, 29, was removed from the property in the Drumfrochar Road area of Greenock after landlord River Clyde Homes took action.
RCH officers discovered that the property's fixtures and fittings had been vandalised and the electricity meter had been tampered with to such an extent that it caused a serious fire risk, thereby putting Gallacher's life in danger as well as those of his neighbours.
Duncan McKnight, RCH's respect and responsibility manager, said: "Tampering with an electric or gas meter is unthinkable and could have horrendous repercussions.
"River Clyde Homes is committed to helping and supporting our customers to sustain their tenancies. However, where through their own actions they put themselves or other residents at risk, we will work in partnership with Police Scotland and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to take all appropriate measures to safeguard the community, including eviction."