Garretts Green Community relieved after nuisance residents evicted
Published by Natasha Jones for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Antisocial behaviour support
A family who caused fear in the local community have been evicted from their home, thanks to Sanctuary Housing and the West Midlands Police.
The individuals at the home in Garretts Green were responsible for antisocial behaviour in the community including noise nuisance, drug activity, assaults and verbal abuse, as well as not maintaining the Sanctuary Housing owned property.
Following complaints from the community, and with support from the Stechford and Yardley North neighbourhood policing team, Sanctuary Housing was able to take the case to court and obtain the evidence needed for a possession order.
Visits to the property occupied by the individuals were carried out, but despite efforts to deter their antisocial behaviour, complaints were still being received following the possession order.
An eviction warrant was executed in June of this year and both the police and housing association have received very positive comments from members of the local community following the successful eviction.
Yvonne Crinean, Sanctuary Housing’s operations manager said: “We treat cases of antisocial behaviour very seriously and will not tolerate behaviour like this in our communities.
“We would like to thank the police for their support and I am pleased the community can now continue with their normal lifestyles on the estate.”
PC Gareth Sankey, from the Stechford and Yardley North neighbourhood policing team, said: “Having compiled a damning dossier of evidence made-up of complaints from local people and police reports, we were able to secure this family’s eviction and restore normality to the community. As well as a criminal record, troublemakers run the very real risk of losing not just their freedom through a stint behind bars, but also their home.
“We can’t always solve problems immediately but with the help of other organisations and with the backing of law-abiding local people, we can truly make a difference."
Prior to the eviction the housing provider and police organised an activity day with the community, with three more planned during the year. Residents were able to express any further concerns and make suggestions of how antisocial behaviour in the community can be eliminated in the future.
Sanctuary Housing manages over 16,000 properties in the Midlands, including general rented, social housing and retirement living. To find out more, call 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511 (from a mobile), visit www.sanctuary-housing.co.uk or follow on Twitter @hellosanctuary.