Social housing tenant evicted after leaving home in appalling state
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
A Scunthorpe social housing tenant who left her home in a terrible state has been evicted after continuously breaching her tenancy agreement.
Yasmin Newstead, of Somerby Road, committed a catalogue of anti-social behaviour, including failing to maintain her garden, causing damage to the inside of her home, refusing housing staff access to the address and preventing urgent repairs from being carried out.
A judge granted landlord North Lincolnshire Homes a possession order last December, and the 48-year-old was required to move out this week.
Following complaints from neighbours about ASB, the matter was initially heard by Scunthorpe County Court in July 2013 where it was agreed NLH would help the 48--year-old bring her home back up to standard.
The agreement was reviewed by the courts in December 2013 and a further three months was given for the work to be completed.
However, by March little progress has been made in line with the court order so NLH was left with no alternative but to apply to have Newstead evicted.
Claire Coyle, tenancy enforcement manager, said: “We do all we can to help residents sustain their tenancies and offer support to avoid court proceedings. However, we will not tolerate continued breaches of the tenancy agreement or if a tenant fails to change their pattern of behaviour which impacts on the community around them.”