Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Council backs fast-track eviction plans

The UK’s largest council landlord has backed plans to allow fast-track evictions of social tenants.

John Lines, cabinet member for housing at Birmingham, said the council would seek responses from its 65,000 tenants to the proposals.

Housing minister Grant Shapps released an amended version of the government’s consultation on fast-track evictions earlier this week, following last week’s riots.

The updated version contains a clause that makes it clear tenants can be evicted from their homes if they are found guilty of criminal or anti-social behaviour anywhere in the UK, rather than just near their property.

Mr Lines said: ‘I am pleased the government has acted so swiftly to seek the views of tenants and local politicians on a new mandatory power of possession for anti-social behaviour.

‘I’m glad the minister has also agreed to hear views from private landlords. This could represent a huge step change in protecting law-abiding tenants from individuals who attach no value to their rented home and do not respect their neighbours.’

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