Tenant gets the boot after years of misery
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Legal
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A woman has been evicted from her Cardiff council home after subjecting her neighbours to two and a half years of crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB).
Bailiffs removed Julie Stevens from her home at Heol Layard, Tremorfa last week, after a joint operation between Cardiff Council and South Wales Police.
Complaints made against Stevens included grievances regarding high volumes of nuisance visitors, drug use and verbal abuse to local residents.
The council finally obtained a possession order for the property after all other efforts had been exhausted.
At the end of 2012, in a bid to reduce the problems and to assist the tenant in remaining at the property with her young family, the council gained an injunction against Stevens' son preventing him from entering the home or surrounding area.
However, the injunction was breached immediately and reports of ASB re-started. With all other alternatives having been exhausted, the council returned to court and an eviction warrant was released.
Cllr Lynda Thorne, cabinet member for community and neighbourhood regeneration and social justice, said: “Once again, we see a tenant, who has made her neighbours’ lives an absolute misery over a prolonged period, evicted from their property. This is not an action the council takes lightly and we do work with tenants, putting in a considerable amount of effort, to avoid getting to this position.
“But the council also has to consider the needs and wellbeing of all its residents and that is why when all other interventions have been exhausted, we will take the necessary steps to evict an anti-social neighbour. This eviction in Tremorfa, together with the recent eviction in Fairwater, should send a stark warning to tenants that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.”