After month’s of warnings about drugs and other anti-social behaviour, Charter have successfully evicted a tenant from a property In Haynes Court, Newport.
The Nuisance Prevention Team’s no nonsense approach to anti-social behaviour across its communities has resulted in the eviction of a tenant, granted via an Outright Possession Order at Newport Crown Court.
Following complaints from local residents of drug dealing and all night “comings and goings” at the property tenanted by Mr Issa, Charter took the unprecedented step of installing a CCTV camera into the communal area to capture first-hand, exactly what was going on.
Angela Harris, Charter’s ASB & Sustainable Tenancies Manager sat through over hundreds of hours of footage “For some time now, this address has been used as a drop-in for many local people involved in drug abuse and prostitution.
One evening in November 2017, over 20 people were recorded going in and out of Mr Issa’s home and several people captured ‘cooking’ and injecting heroin in the outside communal area. This is totally unacceptable behaviour and will not be tolerated”.
The knock on effect of the behaviour and impact it had on local residents has been significant, with 3 nearby residents moving away from their home and the three properties subsequently becoming unlettable whilst the resident remained at the property.
Many interventions and offers of assistance by Charter’s Nuisance Prevention Team were made to Mr Issa, yet the persistent bad behaviour continued to escalate, despite warnings that any further issues would inevitably result in eviction.
Close collaborative working across several Charter teams, along with several local people who were willing to work closely with the housing association, enabled Charter to successfully build a robust court case against the tenant.
Kay Helyiar, Head of Sustainable Tenancies said “This is only our fifth eviction over a two year period, as our dedicated ASB & Sustainable Tenancies Team work closely with the Police, Local Authority and other agencies to resolve any issues of concern.
This should reassure tenants living in our communities that we take anti social behaviour extremely seriously and will not hesitate to do everything in our power to ensure tenants feel safe and protected.
We must say a big thank you to the local people who feel as passionate as we do about making Pill a cleaner and safer environment, where people feel safe, secure and importantly, happy in their homes.”
Article added: 31st May 2018