Comment on: Court system puts ASB victims’ lives at risk
Although it took 6 years for Manchester City Council to evict and regain possession from the Pinnocks...
Comment on: Landlords hit out at ASB reforms
So... the CIH 'backs anti-social behaviour reforms,' but social landlords don't? What's going on? Why's the CIH out of step?
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Posted in: My Housing Officer is very unhelpful
It shouldn't be too difficult for your landlord to tell you whose responsibility the garden is. If it's your responsibility, you'll need to sort it out yourself. This may be why the housing officer is being unhelpful, or rather, not researching the land ownership on your behalf. If maintainance is the landlord's responsibility, they should do the work to the trees, or organise for the owner of the trees to do the work. Responsibility for this sort of thing is usually detailed in the Tenancy Agreement, so you should check this yourself.
There's no point escalating this to the C/Exec at this stage, and copying in the world and his wife. Presumably your landlord has a complaints procedure. If you remain unhappy about their response, initiate this.
Posted in: CHARITABLE STATUS
Adrian, other charities such as the RNLI, churches or some schools are charities because they fall under the other heads of charity. There's no requirement that an oraginsation must be for the relief of the poor in order to qualify as a charity.
I think your experience would be very beneficial to a social landlord. I speak as a former police officer, and it does give you a different outlook on a case. My experience is that retired beat PCs and Sgts have a lot to bring to RSLs, provided they have experience of problem solving and multi-agency working. That said, I knew a retired detective who was an ASB officer, and he was particularly strong on those elements of the job involving methodical case building and exidence gathering, whereas some others adopt a "can do" hands on approach. In terms of qualifications, I'm sure you can evidence your continuing professional development through courses the police have sent you on...? There's no real requirement to have formal qualifications, but some employers are now asking for previous experience in housing. I'm sure you could sway them.
In these circumstances, the it would be unrealistic to expect a social landlord to 'take action' against the complainant. Conceivably it could be harassment, but this would invite a whole new investigation, and the landlord would take a view as to the resources they want to expend on looking into this. If the alleged perpetrator wants to take matters further, he or she should speak to a solicitor about defamation/libel. It's not a police matter, and they wouldn't even entertain a complaint in these circs.
As for reporting the car - this is standard practice for landlords. I can't see why there would be a problem? If the vehicle is untaxed and not SORN, DVLA will take an interest, and if it's untaxed and being driven the police will be interested. This is actually the sort of thing that housing officers routinely pick up on estate inspections.
Posted in: Staff accountability
Anyone can apply for a restraining order, but the burden of proof will be on you to prove that the harassment happened. I'd be curious to know more about the circumstances, as it may be that a common law injunction would be the best way to sort out the problem - especially if the problem is actually 'nuisance' and not 'harassment'. If the conduct relates to a protected characteristic, you may have a cause of action under the Equality Act 2010. Are you able to outline what's been happening and why?