Real life case studies
Case 1: Tenants work together to stop ASB
After nearly two years of problems, a block of flats returned to normal after local tenants took a stand against anti-social behaviour. The group of tenants had reported fighting, aggressive behaviour, criminal damage and loud music to us. To help collect evidence to build a case, we gave them incident diaries to record the dates, nature and times of the problems. The tenants causing the problems were given warnings and support to change their behaviour. But as this advice was ignored and as the terms of the tenancy agreement had been breached, we took legal action, using evidence collected from the incident diaries. We were finally granted permission to evict the tenants in February 2012.
A tenant involved in the case, said: “It is worth reporting anti-social behaviour and keeping diaries, although at times this is frustrating. East Kent Housing worked hard on this case, keeping us informed of what was going on at all times including reassuring telephone calls when we thought nothing was happening. My advice is to keep reporting things, make diary notes and it will happen in the end.”
Sue Harris, Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for East Kent Housing, said: “I would like to thank the tenants who worked with us for their brave efforts and without all their hard work and commitment this case could not have been successful. We want to make it clear to the small minority of people who cause anti-social behaviour, that we will take action against them, which may result in them losing their council home.”
Case 2: Putting a stop to criminal damage
What was the ASB?
People visiting a tenant in a block of flats caused over £2,000 worth of criminal damage after smashing windows, kicking in doors, doing graffiti and damaging electrical equipment. They also shouted and intimidated tenants living in the area. A tenant living in the flats was also involved.
What we did: We applied for and received an injunction to stop the people from visiting the block and this had an extra power of arrest, which meant if they were caught in the flats they would be arrested by the police.
What happened to the tenant involved?
The tenant pleaded guilty to the criminal damage his visitors caused and was asked to pay back some of the costs. His tenancy was also demoted for one year. This means that if the ASB reoccurs he could face eviction from his home.
How tenants helped:
We asked tenants living in the area to keep an incident diary to record the ASB and how often it happened – this helped when we took the case to court.
Case 3: Putting a stop to noise and nuisance
What was the ASB?
Constant noise including loud music, shouting, screaming and banging doors. This had been happening all hours of the night and day for over a year.
What we did:
We served a notice on the tenants but they continued with their ASB. We took them to court and the judge gave them 12 weeks to improve their behaviour or they risked losing their home.
The tenants continued with their ASB and we successfully applied for an injunction against the tenants with the extra power of arrest.
What happened to the tenants involved?
The tenants continued with their ASB and we took them to court to get a Possession Order for the property.