'Antisocial residents should be not able to renew their tenancies'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Housing
Social residents with a history of antisocial and criminal activity should not be allowed to renew their tenancies, a councillor has said.
Cllr Samuel, Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, said that troublesome tenants should be barred from future housing agreements to protect the "living environments" of other residents.
The comments, made during a recent cabinet meeting, were supported by the cabinet and seconded by Cllr Lisa Blakemore, the council’s Tenants’ Champion.
The comments came in light of the council’s Tenancy Strategy which was presented and agreed in the meeting.
The strategy will be sent to all local registered housing providers as guidance on how the council recommends tenancies should be managed locally.
The strategy includes key themes including how housing associations should consider any serious breaches in tenancy, such as antisocial behaviour, when deciding whether to renew a fixed-term tenancy.
A key theme of the strategy is to increase the tools available for housing associations to combat antisocial behaviour.
Cllr Geoffrey Samuel added: "I believe strongly that those who have been involved in criminal acts and antisocial behaviour should not get the right to renew tenancies. There are many situations where good law abiding residents have their lives made a misery due to antisocial behaviour and they shouldn’t have to stand for it."
"I ask my colleagues in the opposition party as well as housing providers to stand with us on this recommendation as I am sure they will agree.”