How to deal with Anti-Social Behaviour

by CARIDON LANDLORD SOLUTIONS

8:32 AM, 24th August 2018
About 2 months ago

How to deal with Anti-Social Behaviour

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How to deal with Anti-Social Behaviour

What is Anti-Social Behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour is a a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm or alarm to others or their community or environment, often leaving the person feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed.

Examples of anti-social behaviour may include:

  • Excessive noise in quiet hours of the day
  • Rowdy behaviour – shouting, swearing, fighting
  • Vandalising property by way of graffiti
  • Making threats or intimidating others
  • Damaging or vandalising other people’s belongings or vehicles on purpose
  • Having parties without obtaining landlord’s consent and agreement of the neighbours
  • Large gatherings and groups of people causing nuisance to the neighbours in the building resided in
  • Drinking or illegal drug use in the property leading to people being rowdy and causing trouble
  • Excessive littering
  • Failure to control noisy or aggressive pets
  • Engaging in illegal activities in and around rented property
  • Prostitution related activity.
  • Begging and vagrancy.
  • Fireworks misuse.

How to deal with Anti-Social Behaviour:

Write a Journal

If your tenant is displaying any of the above-mentioned behaviours, it is useful to write  a journal of everything that is happening documenting dates and times, incident, names of those involved etc. The journal can be relied upon if you chose to approach the tenant about their behaviour or in the event you wish to evict the tenants and can be used as evidence in Court.

Contact the tenant

You can make contact the tenant by writing to them advising them on the complaints that you have received asking them to change their behaviour or you could speak to the tenant face to face or over the phone remaining calm and clear to reach a compromise.

Issue the tenant with an Anti Social Behaviour Contract

If the complaints continue you could again speak with your tenant and ask them to sign an Anti-Social Behaviour Contract, this document could later be used as evidence in Court if the behaviour does not improve and you have no option but to evict the tenant.

Report to the police

If you suspect that there is illegal activity taking place on your property please contact the police for them to intervene

Evict the tenant

If the behaviour fails to improve, your next option would be to evict the tenant by issuing a Section 8 notice or Section 21.

In addition, if you are concerned with your tenant’s welfare and have seen a decline in their mental health it may be worthwhile making a request to adult social services who have teams that will be able to come out and assess the tenant and refer them to local mental health services or provide the tenant with additional support.

Please feel free to contact Caridon Landlord Solutions for advice on Anti-Social Behaviour.

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Comments

Clint

10:41 AM, 24th August 2018
About 2 months ago

I am extremely surprised that Caridon Landlord solutions are giving advice on this when they have a tenant who has been living in a flat rented out by their agency for over 8 years now and he has been typically an absolute nuisance in terms of anti-social behaviour and what I would consider to be a nightmare tenant.

The flat he rents is one of four in a converted building and over the years, tenants in the other flats have complained continuously and have left and been replaced by new tenants. The tenant from Caridon blasts his music at all times of the day including well after midnight, leaves the front door of the building open at all times of the day and night, leaves all his things in the common parts of the hallway, understairs cupboard; all areas where he is not allowed to and is still in occupation of the property. Besides this, other tenants have complained about him smoking "weed" and the place is always reeking of it. He even went so far as to hang a clothes line across from his door to the front door of a flat on opposite side of his flat right across the path from another tenant's door so that the tenant had to bend down and go under the hung clothes to leave or enter their flat.

Besides the above, the police have been called to the property numerous times which Caridon Property Services are well aware off as they have continuously been informed of this.

With regards to Caridon Property Services, I believe they should be the last people to give advice on anti-social behaviour as they even failed to evict their tenant the last time they tried to. Caridon’s tenant is still living at the property at least 8 years after moving in.

David Price

13:08 PM, 24th August 2018
About 2 months ago

Pray tell me how an anti-social tenant can be persuaded to sign an anti-social behaviour contract?

CARIDON LANDLORD SOLUTIONS

14:45 PM, 24th August 2018
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Clint at 24/08/2018 - 10:41
Dear Clint,
Sorry to hear that you have experienced issues regarding anti social behaviour.
I have forwarded your comments to Caridon Property for their urgent attention and believe that the Property Manager has tried to contact you today.

CARIDON LANDLORD SOLUTIONS

15:11 PM, 24th August 2018
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 24/08/2018 - 13:08
Dear David,
Not all tenants will sign the ASBO contract, however its worth having a discussion with the tenant as they may sign it.

Again if the matter went to Court you have evidence that you asked the tenant to sign the agreement and they declined or they signed and breeched the agreement.


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