ASB tenants evicted from their homes
Published by Katie for Cross Keys Homes in Housing and also in Communities
A HARSH warning is being sent to nuisance neighbours following the eviction of two tenants from a local housing association for anti-social behaviour.
Cross Keys Homes successfully gained eviction orders against Gary Keys (49), and Laura West (25) from their homes at Kesteven Walk, Eastgate and Clipston Walk, Westwood respectively, following months of noise nuisance, parties at the properties involving loud and drunken behaviour, and disturbances including shouting and swearing into the early hours of the morning.
Keys had lived in the property since 2008, however reports of anti-social behaviour only started more recently. Due to fear of reprisals many residents would not come forward but Cross Keys Homes were able to begin possession proceedings after issuing many warnings to him.
Keys did not attend his final hearing so the court made an order for possession after hearing the compelling evidence from Cross Keys Homes. Keys did not leave his home and was therefore recently evicted by the Court Bailiff.
West, who had lived in her property since August 2012, also made her neighbours lives hell. In the later months of 2013, residents also began to report that West and her partner were knocking on their doors begging for everything from money to food.
Cross Keys Homes and Cambridgeshire Police worked with West to try and ensure that she controlled her behaviour, and she signed an acceptable behaviour contract agreeing that she would not cause any further nuisance. However, this was quickly breached and therefore in February Cross Keys Homes began possession proceedings against her.
West did not attend her court hearing either but due to the support of residents who completed diary sheets, reported incidents to the police and worked with Cross Keys Homes to take the case to court, the evidence was so clear that the court made an immediate order for eviction.
Cross Keys Homes’ anti-social behaviour manager, Gemma Wood, said: “Cambridgeshire Constabulary were key in providing ongoing support to residents and in supporting us with evidence of many police call outs to these properties. It was because of this support that residents were able to continue to provide us with evidence that led to these two much needed evictions.”
Gemma added: “The West case proves how a group of residents can support one another and say a big ‘definitely not’ to tolerating anti-social behaviour and I really hope that it encourages other residents to take a stand and help agencies such as us to tackle those few individuals that choose to behave in such an appalling way, regardless of the impact that they have on their neighbours.”
If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood and are a Cross Keys Homes’ tenant, then call its Anti-Social Behaviour team on: 01733 386404.
You can also text: ASB followed by the details of the problem to: 60066. This is a free service which tenants can use to text any anti-social behaviour problems to Cross Keys Homes whenever and wherever they occur.
For further information on Cross Keys Homes visit: www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk
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