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Drug-dealing tenants evicted as housing provider cracks down on ASB

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal

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A housing association has carried out two evictions and obtained five court injunctions in the last six months in an effort to stop its properties being used for the supply of drugs.

Bracknell Forest Homes, which manages 5,900 properties, has been working with Thames Valley Police to send a strong message to tenants that are involved in crime or serious anti-social behaviour.

Linda Wells, BFH's housing and community services director, said: “Our homes are in great demand and we will not tolerate people who abuse their tenancy through engagement in criminal and serious anti-social behaviour.

"The impact of this behaviour on other residents and local neighbourhoods can be very significant. We have successfully worked in partnership with Thames Valley Police and Bracknell Forest Council, gathering evidence to clamp down on perpetrators with great effect.

“As a responsible landlord, where we have robust evidence, we will continue to take a very firm line against this type of activity and this includes eviction and Court injunctions. If our tenants and leaseholders are experiencing problems, we urge them to contact us and we will work with our partners to resolve the issues.”

Inspector Jon Goosey said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to drug offences in Bracknell Forest.

"We are pleased to be working with our partners to ensure we maintain this robust approach towards offenders. We encourage landlords to contact us if they believe criminal activity is taking place within their property.

"In this case, Bracknell Forest Homes contacted the police, as well as other partner agencies, and criminal activity at this address has now ceased.”

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