Social housing tenant evicted for alarming behaviour
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
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A Hertfordshire social housing tenant has been evicted from his home after a wave of anti-social behaviour.
The unnamed man's rap sheet included reports of drug use, loud music, fighting in and damaging communal areas, and setting off fire alarms.
After Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association's attempts to engage with the tenant failed, the landlord relied on the help of residents at the block who agreed to keep written records of the anti-social behaviour they witnessed.
Hightown was eventually able to put together enough evidence to make an application for possession of the property.
At the subsequent court hearing a number of neighbours agreed to give witness statements explaining exactly what happened and when.
Hightown’s tenant services manager, James Prestwich, said: “Eviction as a remedy for anti-social behaviour is always a last resort. If the tenant had responded to our warnings and agreed to work with us to improve his behaviour, we would not have had to take this action.
"The co-operation of the residents who had been severely affected by this behaviour was vital to enable us to obtain the eviction order; we would not have been able to do this without them and we would like to thank them for their help.”
Hightown manages 4,400 homes across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.