Airgun tenant gets the boot after only 11 months
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
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A social housing tenant has been evicted only 11 months into his tenancy for persistent anti-social behaviour.
Social landlord Gloucester City Homes took action against Samuel Meadows after he continually fired airguns from his 5th floor balcony into the Fountain Square Westgate estate below.
Despite receiving various warnings and having two guns seized by the police firearms unit, the 19-year-old failed to comply and continued to put his fellow residents at risk of harm.
GCH received a number of complaints about how Meadows had cracked windows causing damage to council property. After a number of dead seagulls were found near his property, action was taken resulting in a possession order granted by Gloucester County Court.
Sara Hendry, GCH's ASB manager for GCH, said: “All new GCH tenants sign an introductory tenancy as a one-year trial council tenancy. As long as tenants don't breach their tenancy agreement while they are an introductory tenant, they automatically become a secure tenant after the initial trial.
"Eviction is not something we take lightly and only take steps like this when tenants seriously breach their tenancy and/or continue to persistently do so. Mr Meadows ignored our requests to desist from breaching his tenancy and causing distress to residents living in the locality and he lost his home as a result.”