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The Housing Minister, Grant Shapps MP, has outlined new plans by the Government to make it easier to evict problem tenants from social housing.
The plans, which are now out for consultation, propose to allow previous convictions for anti-social behaviour to be taken into account, so where the situation has not improved, landlords can act swiftly to evict problem tenants. This will shorten the often long and expensive process which requires landlords to prove again the antisocial actions of their tenants.
Richard welcomed the news. Since becoming MP, he has heard from a number of local residents who suffer from anti-social neighbours. These proposals will help to shift the balance back in favour of the law-abiding victims of nightmare neighbours.
It is estimated that the courts make 3,000 eviction orders for anti-social behaviour against social tenants each year and on average, it can take seven months from applying for a possession order to being granted one, often taking much longer if a defendant fails to turn up to court.
Of course eviction should only ever be the last resort – but too often the rights of victims have come second to those of the people making their lives a misery.
More information on the consultation, including how to respond, can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government’s website