Number of cases is equivalent to 56 per cent of police’s entire workload
Landlords spend £300m a year on anti-social behaviour
Social landlords spent more than £300 million on tackling anti-social behaviour in Great Britain last year.
Exclusive data compiled by benchmarking organisation Housemark has revealed landlords are currently dealing with around 300,000 ASB cases each year.
Based on a survey of 402 landlords, it is estimated that the workload equates to 56 per cent of the police’s total ASB workload.
The police deal with around 3.2 million ASB incidents annually, according to its watchdog Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.
Using the Social Landlord’s Crime and Nuisance Group’s estimate that each ASB case includes on average six incidents, the Housemark figures would mean landlords handle 1.8 million incidents a year.
Housemark’s data include employee time, overheads and direct costs such as court fees. They do not include the cost of repairing damage caused by vandalism or loss of income from void rents, meaning that the overall cost to landlords could be far more.
Landlords said anti-social behaviour stopped in 90 per cent of cases following their intervention and tenants were evicted in just 1 per cent of cases.
John Wickenden, knowledge manager at Housemark, said: ‘Our analysis demonstrates that [social landlords] are investing substantially [in ASB], and this is generating a return - value for their tenants, for their communities, and for the taxpayer.’
Eamon Lynch, managing director of the SLCNG, warned that cuts to local authority budgets might bring pressure on landlords to take on even more ASB work.
‘Our concern is that as public sector cuts begin to bite even more then they have been, the level of expectation on social landlords will increase,’ he said. ‘But what scope there is to absorb that could be quite restricted.’
Liz Chambers, head of community safety and support at Peabody, said councils are increasingly leaning on housing associations for help with ASB initiatives.
‘I’m noticing there are more asks for contributions and that is putting pressure on us.’
The Housemark findings come a month after HMIC published an ASB report which claimed that a lack of data on how social landlords handle ASB was hindering efforts to tackle it.