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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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