Top 5 anti-social behavioural types to watch out for in the PRS
In the year ending June 2015, 67% of the ASB incidents categorised by the police were identified as nuisance; 26% as personal; and 6% as environmental.
The new set of 3 simplified categories for ASB, introduced in March 2012, are categorised as:
- “Nuisance” captures incidents where an act, condition, thing or person causes trouble, annoyance, irritation, inconvenience, offence or suffering to the local community in general rather than to individual victims
- “Personal” captures incidents that are perceived as either deliberately targeted at an individual or group, or having an impact on an individual or group rather than the community at large
- “Environmental” captures incidents where individuals and groups have an impact on their surroundings, including natural, built and social environments.
It is a well known fact that over 80% of those who actively participate in anti-social activity rent their homes, therefore private landlords play an important role in tackling anti-social behaviour within their communities.
There are many hundreds of different types of ASB, as anyone on the receiving end will tell you. However, in the context of housing, anti-social behaviour is defined as acting in a way that is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to anyone.
At Tenant Referencing UK we hear countless stories regarding anti-social behaviour from our landlord/agent members each day, so we’ve selected the top 5 ASB types to watch out for in the PRS:
- Noise nuisance.
Generally, noise can be defined as any unwanted sound.
The most common noise complaints we hear about are:
– loud music,
– raised voices/shouting,
– rude/abusive language,
– barking dogs or other excessive animal noise,
– misuse of fireworks (at night).
- Alcohol/drug related trouble.
For example; excessively drinking alcohol or buying and selling drugs in the street.
- Rubbish and dumping of litter.
Respondents in the Crime Survey for England and Wales consistently identify litter and rubbish lying around as a major concern in their area. Persistent littering can be an eyesore or at its worst, be considered a health hazard. This includes dog fouling and the accumulation of litter or rubbish in a neighbours garden.
- Joyriding or using vehicles in an anti social manner.
This includes blocking access, noisy radios, wheel spinning and abandoning vehicles.
Whilst landlords aren’t actually responsible for their tenants ASB, if there is a licensing scheme in place within the area of their buy-to-let then they must manage anti-social behaviour effectively or risk penalties for failure to comply with the licensing conditions.
A selective licensing designation may be made if the area to which it relates satisfies one (or more) of 6 conditions, which includes ‘a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour.’
There is, however, a way that anti-social behaviour can be counteracted – simply by joining Tenant Referencing UK.
Landlords and Letting Agents can upload anti-social/nuisance tenants onto the LRS database legally, which will be held on file for 6 years, and can warn every landlord and letting agent in the country about their previous behaviour. This also aids communities who do not want anti-social neighbours moving in next door to them.
The best part about the system is that the identities of both landlords and tenants are protected – as a tenants sensitive details are never passed on (just the details of their previous landlord) and if a tenant requests their personal LRS file the identity of the landlord will also be protected.
Not only can Tenant Histories reduce rent arrears, property damages, protect victims of anti-social behaviour, reduce ASB, reduce homelessness but it can and does send a clear message to tenants that there are just not enough properties and if they refuse to pay then their next landlord/agent will simply refuse to house them.
Would you like to prevent anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood? Well all you need to do is spread the word about Tenant Referencing UK.
Do this by:
- posting about us on other property websites/forums,
- downloading the Alexa tool bar, (link)
- Landlords: tell other landlord friends to join,
- Tenants: tell your landlord/letting agent to join.
And together we can prevent problem tenants like these from moving from property to property, causing the same damage to landlord’s incomes, investments, reputations and sanity!