It is absolutely appropriate for condemnation to be given against those who committed acts of criminality in the riots and for the criminal justice system to deal with them as appropriate. However, is it then right for local authorities and housing associations to further penalise tenants when their counterparts in the private sector will not have additional sanctions imposed? From much of the media coverage, it seems that a large number of those involved were youths, teenagers and young adults. Will their parents be liable for their criminal acts by having their tenancies rescinded?
Furthermore, if eviction was sought and granted against those who were involved in the riots, would other crimes (for example car crime or shop lifting) then be added to a list of crimes where eviction could be sought? This sort of ill-thought through initiative sounds very much like a knee jerk reaction, which is surely not needed at this time, from those in power who maybe should show a bit of restraint in their rhetoric.