20 May 2013
Havebury evict tenant following breach of tenancy
Havebury Housing Partnership has evicted a tenant from one of its properties following a breach to their tenancy and a spate of anti-social behaviour.
The 22-year-old woman moved into one of the affordable home provider’s flats near the town centre of Bury St Edmunds, in July 2012. As she was a new Havebury tenant, she was placed on a ‘Starter Tenancy’ which is used to allow new tenants to demonstrate to Havebury and their neighbours that they are able to sustain their tenancy successfully.
Suffolk Police carried out a search on the property in mid-November and a quantity of cash, drugs and equipment associated with the sale of drugs were seized and three people were arrested. Havebury and Suffolk Police work very closely together and the next day Havebury were able to issue the tenant with the legal notices required to begin possession proceedings in the County Court.
Although there was not enough evidence to prosecute the tenant and two other individuals, an ‘Anti-social behaviour Injunction’ was obtained in Bury St Edmunds County Court at the end of November. This excluded the two individuals from the address, with police powers to arrest them if they returned.
In the months that followed, a number of further complaints were made by neighbours. The tenant was evicted from the flat in early April following a court hearing at which possession of the property was granted to Havebury.
Peter Dunsdon, Anti-Social Behaviour and Tenancy Co-ordinator at Havebury, explained: “We take breaches of tenancy and anti-social behaviour very seriously and we work closely with the police so that we can respond quickly to any incidents.
“This case also shows the effectiveness of using starter tenancies and sends a clear message to other new tenants that poor behaviour will not be tolerated and could lead to their eviction.
“Anti-social behaviour comes in many forms, from noise and minor disagreements through to serious intimidation and violence, and it can be a real blight on neighbour’s lives. If any of our tenants are suffering from anti-social behaviour, they should report it to us straight away so that we can take action against the perpetrator.”
Last year 117 incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported and dealt with by Havebury’s anti-social behaviour team. Most cases were resolved through early intervention but nine cases were subject to anti-social behaviour injunctions and three cases resulted in the tenant’s eviction. A further 12 were referred to a mediation service for parties to discuss responsibility and the impact of their actions.
Havebury, which has offices in Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds, is a charity and not-for-profit association and currently manages 6,000 homes. For more information about Havebury, visitwww.havebury.com.
Anyone suffering from anti-social behaviour or nuisance from a neighbour should contact their Neighbourhood Advisor on 0300 3300 900. There is also a dedicated anti-social behaviour hot line on 0800 0758 999 or email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information and an antisocial behaviour reporting form can be found on our website here