Social Rented Housing: Antisocial Behaviour

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th April 2020.

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Photo of Lee Anderson Lee Anderson Conservative, Ashfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to assist landlords who have nuisance tenants in social housing.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Social landlords have the power to seek the re-possession of a tenant’s home where they can demonstrate to the court that the tenant concerned is in breach of the terms of their tenancy agreement

Landlords can rely on the further remedies available through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 ('the 2014 Act') which provides the police, local authorities and other local agencies with a range of flexible tools and powers that they can use to respond quickly and effectively to anti-social behaviour.

In response to the Covid-19 emergency, all possession cases before the courts, including possession action against tenants for anti-social behaviour, have been suspended for 3 months. This reflects Public Health England’s advice that moving home at the moment is strongly advised against.

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