Justice for victims of ‘neighbours from hell’ ?
Following on from the new proposals that will put an end to ASBOS, Housing Minister Grant Shapps has announced new proposals to prevent ‘riot tourism’ and nightmare tenants; whose persistent anti-social behaviour causes misery and fear for their local communities.
Current legislation can take over a year to bring nightmare neighbours to justice – during which they can continue to cause chaos and misery for their fellow tenants and community. But newly proposed legislation would significantly speed up the eviction process and, for the first time, tackle riot related offences – even if committed away from home.
In response to the 2011 UK riots, landlords would have a new additional power to take eviction action against tenants if they or any member of their household is convicted for riot-related anti-social behaviour – whether that behaviour takes place in their own back yard or across the UK.
Shapps believes this will make it easier to evict tenants if they or any member of their household has previous convictions for anti-social behaviour and aim to cut out repeated and expensive court proceedings; to achieve a better balance between the rights of tenants and the needs of their victims.
Shapps had this to say:
“For too long communities have been forced to suffer vicious neighbours from hell in misery, while seemingly endless court proceedings held the rights of the perpetrator above the rights of their victims.
“While eviction should always be the last resort, communities should not have to live in fear of their neighbours while they wait for justice to be done.
“The powers set out today would make it easier for landlords to take swift, decisive action against their most anti-social tenants, taking previous convictions into account and cracking down on riot tourism by ensuring that a local border won’t stand in the way of tackling the worst offenders.”
At Landlord Referencing we welcome these new proposals whole heartedly, as we also agree that people who commit anti-social behaviour need to face the consequences of their actions and shouldn’t benefit from valuable support and resources via social housing, that is in dire need by millions of deserving tenants out there.
These proposed powers are a long time coming for landlords and tenants in the UK.
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