Excessive noise nuisance evicted from social home
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
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Joint work by a housing association, the police and environmental health officers has resulted in the eviction of an Exeter woman for continuous noise nuisance.
Sovereign Housing Association evicted Shantelle Bennett from her flat earlier this month after Exeter Magistrates’ Court granted a three-month closure order, effectively banning Bennett and anyone else from entering the property.
The 37,500-home provider received its first reports of loud parties at the flat in July 2013 and by September environmental health officers had enough evidence to serve a noise abatement notice.
Around the same time, Sovereign obtained a suspended possession order for other tenancy issues, and the police executed a restorative disposal after Bennett was found guilty of an assault against another tenant.
Bennett did sign an Acceptable Behaviour Contract, agreeing not to make excessive noise that would annoy or distress her neighbours, or to engage in threatening behaviour.
However, the noise nuisance continued, so in February, Sovereign, the police and Environmental Health met to agree a joint approach to tackling Bennett’s anti-social behaviour.
Sovereign served her with a Notice Seeking Possession, while environmental health confiscated equipment from the flat, such as the stereo that had been responsible for much of the noise. The police agreed to pursue a premise closure order.
“A crucial factor in us achieving this outcome was the witness statements from other residents, who had had to endure months of unacceptable behaviour and threats. I’d like to commend their courage in coming forward,” said Sovereign housing officer Lloyd Hall.