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Nuisance tenant evicted using council powers following anti-social behaviour

Published: Monday, 13th May 2024

A tenant who was causing anti-social behaviour in the local community has been evicted in a serious crack-down by Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s antisocial behaviour team.

Since August 2023 the council has responded to numerous complaints and concerns from the public about a property in Metcalfe Road, Tunstall housing stolen goods and causing anti-social behaviour.

Using evidence supplied by residents the council were able to take legal action and were granted possession last month at Stoke-on-Trent County Court.

Supported with intel from Staffordshire Police, the council served a notice to terminate the defendant’s introductory tenancy, under the Housing Act 1996 s127.

Councillor David Williams, cabinet member for community safety and resilience, said: “Living in a council property is a privilege and it will never be acceptable for a tenant to make the lives of those who live nearby a misery.

“Everybody should be able to feel safe in their local area and we are committed to ensuring that we tackle any type of anti-social behaviour swiftly and successfully with our partners.

“Where there is evidence we will continue to take action like this and I would like to thank those residents who provided CCTV footage and recorded noise levels for this case.

“We are on a mission to reclaim our streets and build a safer, stronger and more confident city for everyone. An ever-closer partnership approach which brings together the council, partner agencies and our local communities shows that together we can tackle the root causes of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.”

Sergeant Chris Gifford, from the Stoke North local policing team, said: "Tackling the main issues that are affecting local people and businesses is something we’re keen to continue doing across the city.

“By working collectively with the council and other local partners, we can continue to build intelligence, deal with the problems that matter and carry on making Stoke-on-Trent a better place to live, work and visit.”

This latest enforcement action comes as the council with the support of the police are taking a proactive approach to antisocial behaviour under the campaign ‘Making Great Places’.

Any residents who are suffering anti-social behaviour in their area are encouraged to report their concerns to the council by calling 01782 234234 or online at www.stoke.gov.uk/asb.