New power proposed to evict 'bad' tenants quicker
Social landlords will be able to take into account tenants’ previous convictions for certain offences to enable them to evict troublesome people quicker, it has been revealed.
Grant Shapps, the housing minister, is proposing a mandatory power of repossession which takes into consideration a series of offences if a tenant is consistently behaving in an anti-social manner.
The so-called trigger offences are:
• a conviction for a serious offence related to housing, including violence against neighbours, drug dealing and criminal damage
• breach of an injunction for anti-social behaviour obtained by a landlord
• closing of a premises under a closure order – such as a home used for drug dealing
Mr Shapps said: ‘All too often, efforts to tackle neighbours from hell take far too long and it seems the needs and right of the victims play second fiddle to those of the perpetrators.
‘That’s why I’m looking to speed up the process, so where a social housing tenant already has a conviction for anti-social behaviour and the situation has not improved, this can be taken into account and landlords can act swiftly to bring to an end the day-to-day misery that is inflicted for too long on those simply seeking to quietly enjoy their homes.
‘Of course, eviction is a drastic step and should be the last resort that landlords take to tackle this menace – but when all other options have failed to stop this yobbish behaviour, victims should not have to wait months or even years to see justice done.’
The changes will be introduced in a Home Office bill over the next year.