Supporting you with Anti-social Behaviour
Anti-social behaviour is one of the most serious breaches of the tenancy which can lead to you losing your home or be committed to prison.
There is no definition but it is broadly considered as behaviour that is likely to or actually cause nuisance, annoyance, distress and alarm to other neighbours within your neighbourhood. It can also include using the property for illegal or immoral purposes.
Examples of anti-social behaviour can include, but not limited to the following:
- Noise nuisance, such as playing loud music and or banging/slamming of doors
- Rowdy Behavior such as shouting, swearing and fighting
- Intimidating neighbours and others through threats of or actual violence
- Harassment, including racial harassment or persistent targeting
- Verbal abuse
- Abusive behaviour aimed at causing distress or fear to certain people, for example, the elderly or the disabled people
- Dumping rubbish
- Animal nuisance, including dog fouling and or constant barking
- Vandalism which also includes property damage and graffiti
- Cultivating Cannabis, for personal use or with a view to supply.
Your landlords can either issue possession proceedings and ask the court to evict you from the property or they can issue injunction proceedings against you. If they do, it is important that you seek legal advice straightaway.
Just because you are alleged to have behaved in an anti-social manner, does not mean that you will be evicted from the property. Your behaviour may be as a result of your health condition, you may have been provoked or you as a tenant may not have been aware of any incidences.
Our Housing team have considerable experience in dealing with anti-social behaviour cases. If you act quickly, we can advise and assist you in taking steps to resolve matters and avoid eviction. You may have a defence which includes discrimination under the Equality Act. You may require additional support and require intervention by Social Services to manage your tenancy. Your case may resolve itself by proposing mediation.
Our Housing team will represent you at Court and help you prepare your defence.
Legal Aid is available for anti-social behaviour Injunctions and Possession Proceedings.
If your landlord is threatening Eviction or Injunction Proceedings against you, then please contact our Housing Team on 0151 227 1429.